The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Liberty-Valance-Poster-Latest-VersionEncore Players Community Theatre of Trumansburg, New York proudly presents the live stage production of “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” by Jethro Compton. Opening Thursday April 28​ and running for four performances only through Sunday, May 1st, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” brings to life a story from the American West at the turn of the last century.

Journey into the Wild West of 1890 in this classic story of good versus evil, the law versus the gun, and one man versus Liberty Valance. Contemporary playwright Jethro Compton has written a compelling play that weaves the elements of love, hope, sacrifice, revenge, and social justice into a powerful evening of theatre. Based on the 1949 short story by Dorothy Johnson that was made into a major motion picture in 1962, starring John Wayne, James Stewart, and Lee Marvin, this new work invokes modern relevant themes set against the backdrop of a classic American western drama.

Mark your calendars now and plan to attend “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” by Jethro Compton presented by Encore Players at the Trumansburg Elementary School auditorium Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 28​, 29​, and 30​ at 7:30pm and Sunday May 1​ at 2:00pm.

All tickets are $12 and available online (see below) and at the door. Due to adult themes, strong language and gunshots, this production is recommended for ages 14 and older.

Douglas Lockwood

Directed by Douglas Lockwood

  • Who: ​Encore Players Community Theatre, Trumansburg, NY
  • What:​ Theatrical production of T​he Man Who Shot Liberty Valance​, by Jethro Compton. Directed by Douglas Lockwood
  • Where:​ Trumansburg Elementary School Auditorium, 100 Whig Street Trumansburg, NY 14886
  • When:​ Thursday, April 28, Friday, April 29, Saturday, April 30, @ 7:30pm and Sunday, May 1 @ 2:00pm

For more information about the production, contact Director, Douglas Lockwood, via email: or by phone at (970) ­846-­6940. For information on tickets, contact Alice Ploss via email:

Cast members

  • Chris Manly as Ransome Foster
  • Rachel Kennedy as Hallie Jackson
  • Daniel Trippett as Bert Barricune
  • Kevin “KP” McClain as Reverend Jim Mosten
  • John Fahs as Marshal Johnson
  • Nik Burgevin as Jake Dowitt
  • Dave Williams as Liberty Valance

About the playwright

Jethro Compton is a writer, director and independent theatre producer. His most notable production is the stage adaptation of the classic Western, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. His most recent theatre work includes Blood Red Moon, The Clock Strikes Noon and The Rattlesnake’s Kiss, three original Western plays under the title, The Frontier Trilogy. Previous work includes the internationally acclaimed First World War triptych, The Bunker Trilogy. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance premiered at The Park Theatre in London in May of 2014, under the direction of the playwright Jethro Compton.

Reviews of the original production

“Superb. A genuinely gripping drama and one I warmly recommend” FOUR STARS – T​he Telegraph

“Excellent… Highly atmospheric, visceral and triumphant” – The Stage

“An enjoyable night of theatre with a set of fine performances, and will surely enjoy a popular run at the lovely Park Theatre.” – A​ Younger Theatre

“A consistently absorbing, often moving and very unusual evening of theatre.” – The Public Reviews