John Muir to return to the Sierra |

John Muir to return to the Sierra

John Muir will return to the Sierra this summer in an acclaimed one-man show – Vagabond John. The presentation is part of the U.S. Forest Service summer arts program.

The play, first presented at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival and later in London and New York, reveals the naturalist’s love of the mountains and his personal struggle to remain true to his heart. The show will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Forest Service Lake of the Sky Amphitheater, 3.5 miles north of the South Lake Tahoe “Y” on State Route 89 just past Historic Camp Richardson Resort. The setting lends itself to Muir’s time, place and spirit. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Accomplish actor and director Bill Ritch stars in the show that he wrote using Muir’s own reflections in life. It includes Muir’s vision of the woman he loved, played by veteran actress and musician Darby Patterson.

Ritch began his theatrical career after serving in Viet Nam, in the wilderness of northern Scotland where he founded Theater of the Heart as a melding of drama and spirituality. Since then, he has directed plays throughout the United States, touring the Muir piece in numerous venues.

Just returned from the islands of Greece where he studied drama with some of the world’s leading actors and directors, Ritch has renewed the Muir work with new energy and beauty. Completing his master’s degree in theater at the University of California, Davis, his work is receiving widespread recognition for its moving authenticity and ability to bring John Muir to life once again in the Sierra.

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