This should be interesting for those who knew long-time San Juan Island resident and owner of Mar Vista Resort Lee Bave and especially for the island kids who played the part of the pig in her Pig War Plays at the movie theater. Firehouse Performing Arts Center in Bellingham presents a comedy Mrs. Bave Presents the Pig War September 8-17. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday October 7 at San Juan Community Theatre in Friday Harbor.
The Art Center's website describes the play, by Bellingham playwright Steve Lyons and directed by Mark Kuntz: The almost true story of a play that nearly happened about a war that never occurred, as told by the mannequins who were there.
The Pig War was a boundary dispute between the United States and Britain over ownership of the San Juan Islands. This war is significant because the only casualty was a pig.
In 1959, for the centennial of the Pig War, Emelia Bave presented a play about the Pig War on San Juan Island. She presented her play for 20 years using a cast of mannequins because no one on San Juan Island wanted to be in her play. But this time, her cantankerous Pig War mannequins spring to life and take over the telling of the Pig War tale.
Firehouse Performing Arts Center in Bellingham. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 8 - 17. Located at 1314 Harris Avenue. Tickets $15, available at Village Books and through Brown Paper Tickets. More information: www.BellinghamTheatreWorks.org
San Juan Community Theatre: 7:30 p.m. Saturday October 7 at San Juan Community Theatre in Friday Harbor. Tickets: $19 at the door or San Juan Community Theatre.