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Bowers and Bulette come to Genoa

by Carson

Special to the R-CKim Copl as Julia Bulette and Lisa Bommarito as Eilley Bowers pose with an usher during the Civil War ball at David Walley’s in September. ‘Women of the Wild West’ is Feb. 1-3 in the Genoa Town Hall.

Genoa returns to its Wild West days in the play “Women of the Wild West: Eilley Bowers & Julia Bulette.”The play premieres in Genoa’s Historic Town Hall Feb. 1-3.The play takes its audience back to Virginia City 1867, where the jealousy between Eilley Bowers, famous Queen of the Comstock, and Julia Bulette, Virginia City’s most beloved working girl, makes for drama and comedy as their lives unexpectedly cross paths several times.“It’s at a time when both women were very influential,” said Kim Copl, cowriter and actress. “It’s about their lives and the parallels of their lives.”According to Copl audience members should leave this performance knowing a little more about Nevada’s history and thinking, “We just had a fun, exciting evening.”“We are always looking for an enjoyable venue to share history with people. It might inspire them to learn more,” said Copl.The play is directed and primarily written by Lisa Bommarito, with some monologues by Copl.“On behalf of Lisa, she has portrayed Eilley Bowers in the past, but she wanted to share more of Eilley’s life. That’s how she came up with this play,” said Copl. “She wanted to show people more of Eilley in an interesting way. What’s more interesting than someone she hates?”Copl herself is a local historian and member of the Pony Express Association. Through the Association, she takes on the Chautauqua character of Warren Upson, a male Pony Express rider.“I’m very excited to finally take on the role of woman,” she said.This original two-act play is produced by CobwebPalace Productions.Both women are long-time area residents who now live in Genoa.Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. “We hope to take it on the road,” said Copl, “We’re starting in Genoa because we’re both natives.”Doors open one hour prior to each performance with no-host cocktails, a raffle and fortune teller The Amazing Madam Sandie.Period attire is encouraged. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the Genoa Town Office 782-8696, Genoa Trading Company 782-0991 and Sweet Repeats 309-3133. Will call tickets can be purchased by contacting Bommarito at 782-3893 or Copl at 220-0605. The Town of Genoa will recieve one half of the proceeds.“We don’t get a lot of money through the state,” explained Copl, saying the Candy Dance was another fundraiser Genoa used to “keep the lights on.”

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