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in which Major Stede Bonnet is convicted and sentenced to death by hanging.
Featuring Julian Fleisher, Alex Birnie, Brian DeCaluwe, Joshua Hinck, and Elias Spector-Zabusky.



Major Stede Bonnet,
You stand here convicted upon two acts of piracy,
Those crimes you have committed, inherently evil and contrary
To the light and law of nature
As well as the law and will of God.

You being a gentleman
Who has had the advantage of a liberal education,
I believed it would be needless to explain to you
The nature of repentance and faith in christ,
But considering the course of your actions,
I’ve reason to fear that the doctrines of religion that once were instilled in you
Have at least been corrupted
If not entirely defaced,
For what time you allowed for study
Was squandered on secular fribble
Instead of a serious search
For the light and law of nature
As well as the law and will of God.

Major Stede Bonnet
The sentence that the law hath appointed to pass upon you for your offenses
And which this court doth therefore award: Is that you,
The said Stede Bonnet,
Shall go from hence to the Place from whence you came
And thence to the Place of Execution —
Where you shall be hanged by the neck till you are dead.

And the God of infinite Mercy be merciful to your Soul.


from HAIL OBLIVION, released April 9, 2017
Performed by the Judge (Julian Fleisher) and Court (Alex Birnie, Brian DeCaluwe, Joshua Hinck, and Elias Spector-Zabusky).



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HAIL OBLIVION is the latest work by Gelb and Johnstone, whose music theater projects include Tully (In No Particular Order), last seen at NYMF, and the rock musical Sometimes in Prague, which was featured in American Theater Magazine as part of the Polyphone Festival, after previous development at the Tank, Joe's Pub, and the New Ohio Ice Factory. ... more

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