Billy Bishop Goes to War

by John MacLachlan Gray and Eric Peterson
Directed by John Rensenhouse
February 2 – 26, 2012

Co-produced with UMKC Theatre and the National World War l Museum at Liberty Memorial

Cast:
Billy Bishop – Grant Fletcher Prewitt
Piano Player – Cary Mock

Eric Peterson’s and John Gray’s biographical sketch of Billy Bishop, the highly decorated Canadian pilot who shot down 72 German planes in World War I. It’s a contemplation of the different facets of war – the nobility, bravery and sacrifice it inspires and demands, the inherent absurdities of military bureaucracy, the exhilaration and horror of combat and the almost mystical search for meaning by survivors.

Presented at the National World War l Museum at Liberty Memorial

Director – John Rensenhouse
Scene Design – Kerith Parashak
Costume Design – Genevieve Beller
Lighting Design – Douglas Macur
Sound Design –  Cynthia Postlewait
Music Director – Cary Mock
Stage Manager - Jim Mitchell

“Billy Bishop’ delivers a complex view of World War I heroism”
— Robert Trussell, The Kansas City Star (full review)

“…a contemplation of the different facets of war – the nobility, bravery and sacrifice it inspires and demands, the inherent absurdities of military bureaucracy, the exhilaration and horror of combat and the almost mystical search for meaning by survivors.”
— Robert Trussell, The Kansas City Star