Camping With Henry And Tom

Sunday, July 10 – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, July 12 – 7:00 pm

Directed by Ruth Anne Baumgartner

Between 1914 and 1924, Henry Ford toured the eastern United States in his company’s automobiles on a series of well-publicized camping trips with close friend Thomas Edison and other titans of industry. For one July weekend in 1921, Ford and Edison were joined at a campsite near Licking Creek, Maryland, by Warren G. Harding, then in the first year of his brief Presidency. This much is fact.

Playwright Mark St. Germain imagines the rest: after an accidental encounter with a deer, the men are stranded and left to their own resources. Friendly banter turns to anger and a dramatic clash of great minds in which the future of the country is at stake. Mingling fact and fiction, the script draws upon news reports and biographies to paint a realistic picture of this trio. The N.Y. Daily News called it “Witty, elegant, and enormously entertaining…. Unusually literate, funny and captivating.”

The show opens September 16 (dress rehearsal with audience on Thursday, September 15) and runs through October 2; Fridays and Saturdays @ 8:00 PM, Sundays @ 2:00 PM and Thursday, September 22 @ 8:00 PM. For more information, or to request alternative audition date, email the Director at

Seeking four males:

HENRY FORD – industrialist, age 58. Sharp and voluble.

WARREN G. HARDING – twenty-ninth president of the United States, 56. Pleasant, gentlemanly.

THOMAS ALVA EDISON – inventor, 74. Comfortable but irascible.

COLONEL EDMUND STARLING – Secret Service man, age 35. (Supporting role.)

Desirable: the three leads are iconic figures; the actors’ appearance would ideally be compatible with the originals.

People interested in backstage work on this production should email the director or attend auditions. Stage Manager and Lights/Sound Operator are stipended.

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Westport Community Theatre
Westport Town Hall – 110 Myrtle Avenue
Westport, CT 06880