"Pub Theater" this Weekend in Mainstrasse Village

Theater is coming to Mainstrasse Village this weekend when "Soldier, Come Home" is performed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar.

The Civil War-era inspired play will be performed as the nation marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

"Soldier, Come Home" is based on the letters of Frank W. Wicks’ great-grandparents, Philip and Mary Pringle, and family members written during the period 1859 to 1865 from western Pennsylvania and from major Civil War battle sites.

In 1950, the long-forgotten letters were discovered in a shoe box in the attic of the home of Wicks ’grandparents. Wicks’ father, Frank Wicks, Sr., began to transcribe the letters. Wicks, a founding member of the Long Wharf Theater, a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and a theater professional since 1958, continued the project after his father’s death and then began transforming the letters into a dramatic stage presentation.

Director Jim Nelson, a faculty member at Thomas More College, calls the production a "readers-theatre" style play, one he looks forward to presenting in a unique venue like the outdoor space behind the Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar.

"Somehow it seemed to fit, doing it there," Nelson said. "It's not ideal conditions but that's how it was 150 years ago, for sure."

Nelson used his contacts in the local theatre community to land a top-notch cast that is donating its time. Tickets are $10 and proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati intern company.

The details:

Soldier, Come Home  will be performed at the OLD KENTUCKY BOURBON BAR, Main Street in Covington - Sat. June 29 at 1:00Sun. June 30 at 1:00, and Mon. July 1 at 6:00.

Directed by Jim Nelson, the play features local actors Sara Mackie, Michael Bath, Matt Hollstegge, Randy Bailey, and Charles Killian. Music by the RABBIT HASH STRING BAND!

All proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project and the Ensemble Theatre Acting Intern Program.

For reservations, call 859-380-7460