During the 1820s, the nation’s attention turned to a bizarre chain of events in Kentucky known as The Beauchamp-Sharp Tragedy. The love triangle involved two people from Simpson County—Anna Cook and Jereboam Beauchamp—and one from Warren County—Colonel Solomon P. Sharp, former Congressman and Attorney-General of Kentucky.
Now, 180 years later, a trio of Simpson and Warren Countians has written a Broadway-style musical about those historic events, which include murder, suicide, political and sexual scandal, racial tension, and Kentucky’s first legal execution by hanging.
With a cast of 25 actors and singers, Dark and Bloody: A Kentucky Love Story premieres at the Goodnight Auditorium in Franklin on Saturday, August 26. Additional performances are scheduled Sunday, August 27, and Tuesday, August 29.
The authors of the book, lyrics, and musical score of Dark and Bloody are Cathy Ware and Mark Walker. Ware, a native of Simpson County, is a part-time English instructor at Western Kentucky University. Walker is a chorus teacher and church organist in Bowling Green. Orchestration for the play was written by Pam Thurman, a member of the Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra.
Tickets are $8 at the door. For more information, contact the Simpson County Tourism Commission at (866) 531-2040.
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