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in which Bonnet sings a lullaby to his dying son and a Hollywood heartthrob plugs his latest swashbuckler.
Featuring Rick Burkhardt, Amber Gray, Eliza Poehlman, Nicole Weiss, Alex Birnie, and Bryce Pinkham.



Whenever I dream I dream of the ocean
Whenever I dream I know I’ll be free
I long for the day when my ship leaves the harbor
And when it does a pirate I’ll be

We were talking about your latest picture, Errol…

It’s called The Gentleman Pirate. Naturally, I play the Gentleman himself, Major Stede Bonnet, quite marvelously, of course.

Well you’re known best throughout the world as a swashbuckling lover, Errol; is this Major Bonnet as much the ladies’ man as Captain Blood?

Not quite, actually. The man’s more of a pirate Don Quixote, you could say — wealthy merchant from Barbados, went barking pirate mad after the death of his first born son; he bought himself a ship and crew and deserted his family for the thrill of the deep.

This seems like something of a departure for a matinee idol like yourself.

Bonnet may have started a gentleman, but he didn’t end that way. The great Blackbeard’s a character also, and the two get up to all sorts of mischief. It’s no secret to say the movie ends happily but in real life Bonnet was caught and hanged.


from HAIL OBLIVION, released April 9, 2017
Performed by Bonnet (Rick Burkhardt), the Sirens (Amber Gray, Eliza Poehlman, Nicole Weiss), the Interviewer (Alex Birnie), and Flynn (Bryce Pinkham)



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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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