Rogers' wisecracking, folksy humor and topical philosophical
observations made him one of America's most popular
entertainers throughout the long days of the Great
In Will Rogers' U.S.A., actor Rob Cork aptly recreates the rope-twirling and slyly grinning comedian in select moments from some of his most characteristic and strikingly relevant stage and radio performances.
Will Rogers' U.S.A. is available for performances at your venue. Running time for the production is one hour, which includes time for questions. School schedules can also be accommodated. Required performance space is approximately 10 feet deep by 15 feet wide, preferably in a meeting room with a carpeted floor or a stage. We book programs on weekdays, weekends, and evenings, as our schedule permits.
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production is presented
by special arrangement with George Spota Productions of
Hollywood, California. Will
Rogers' U.S.A. was
adapted from the words of Will Rogers by Paul Shyre and
originally produced by George Spota. Bryan Sterling selected
and edited the original material.
Rogers was born William Penn Adair Rogers on
November 4, 1879 on his family's ranch two miles East
of Oologah, Indian Territory, which later became the state of
Oklahoma. He was the youngest of eight children born to Clem and
Mary Rogers. Both of his parents had Cherokee Indian ancestry,
and Will was approximately 1/4 Cherokee. Only
three of his siblings, sisters Sallie Clementine, Maude Ethel,
and May (Mary), survived into adulthood.
Will Rogers had a unique perspective on the people and places of his day, the early 1900’s. He performed for people all over the world, beginning as a trick roper in circuses and wild west shows and later in Vaudeville and the Ziegfeld Follies. His roping act expanded to include timely social commentary. He appeared in motion pictures, on the radio, wrote newspaper columns, and was an avid public speaker. He saw our country transformed from open plains and farms to bustling cities. He was beloved by regular people, politicians, and world leaders, and said that his epitaph should read that, "...I never met a man I didn’t like.” Those words are engraved on his tomb in Claremore, Oklahoma.
He was married to Betty (Blake) Rogers (1879-1944) and they had four children: Will Rogers Jr., Jim, Mary, and Fred, who died from diphtheria at the age of two. Will died on August 15, 1935 in a plane crash in Alaska with Wiley Post.
learned about Will Rogers when he saw his first Broadway
musical, “The Will Rogers Follies,” in 1992. He later appeared
in two different productions of the musical in the Washington,
D.C. area. He co-founded Kaleidoscope Theatre Company in 2002.
Favorite roles include Jungle Cruise Skipper at Walt Disney World, Charlie Davenport in “Annie Get Your Gun,” and Melbrook the Jester in “Rumplestiltskin.” He first appeared in “Will Rogers’ U.S.A. at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington D.C. in 2012 and is delighted to continue to bring it to audiences around the country.
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