‘The Curse of the Hanging Tree’ returns
July 17, 2013
After four years off, the Douglas County Historical Society is bringing back "The Curse of the Hanging Tree."
Performances are 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. July 19 and 20 at various locations around Genoa.
The four-act improvised comedy melodrama is based on an actual event that took place in Carson Valley more than 100 years ago.
The Genoa Courthouse Museum Annex located behind the museum will be transformed into the Millerville Saloon, a town formerly located between Gardnerville and Minden.
"Ticket holders will get a brief history of the historic lynching of Adam Uber," organizers said. "Ticket holders can belly up to the bar and purchase wine, beer, soda and water. After all, this is a fundraiser and the society needs the money."
In the first act, Adam Uber allegedly shoots and kills Hans Anderson, a local teamster in a barroom brawl in front of Anderson's brother, the bartender, Snowshoe Thompson, who is making a late mail delivery, Flossie the Floozy and others.
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Act two depicts Anderson's funeral at the Genoa Community Church.
"Ticket holders will walk a short distance to attend Anderson's funeral. The funeral is one you are not likely to forget," organizers said. "Anderson's funeral was actually held at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Genoa, Rev George Greenfield officiated. The Methodist Episcopal Church was located next to the Courthouse Museum where the Firehouse is today."
At the courthouse museum, the preliminary hearing of Uber takes place during the third act.
"Ticket holders will visit the actual jail cell where Adam Uber was held over 100 years ago. You will then go upstairs to the courtroom and attend the preliminary hearing," organizers said. "Judge Mack will preside over the proceedings and try to keep order in the courtroom."
District Attorney Nagel will then do his best to prove there is enough evidence to hold Uber for first-degree murder.
"Famous Nevada Attorney Alfred Chartz, himself a convicted and pardoned murder, will present evidence that Uber acted in self defense," organizers said. "You ask how can a convicted murder become a respected lawyer – remember this is Nevada. We almost lost our statehood over this lynching."
The final act, takes place at the hanging tree where Uber gets lynched.
"A mob of local citizens drag Adam Uber from his cell and hang him right before your eyes," organizers said. "You hear the curse that Uber leveled on the mob and their descendents for the next seven generations."
The actors of the "Curse of the Hanging Tree" are members of the community, many of whom are former or current elected officials and other community minded individuals that are lending a hand.
"We have no rehearsals," organizers said, "sometimes the actors are more surprised than ticket holders at the turn of events."
Tickets for "The Curse of the Hanging Tree" are $15.
Tombstone Tap & Grill in Genoa is offering a 10 percent off food coupon with every ticket.
For more information, call 782-2555.