The Tramp & the Rough Rider

The Mariposa County Arts Council’s Theatre Alliance will present “The Tramp and the Rough Rider,” 7 p.m., July 11, at the Mariposa County High School’s Fiester Auditorium.

This highly acclaimed production, written by Lee Stetson, has been produced nationwide, and stars Stetson as John Muir and Alan Sutterfield as President Theodore Roosevelt. In May of 1903, Roosevelt, planning a tour of the western forests, invited the naturalist Muir to a four-day camping trip in the Yosemite wilderness. “The Tramp and the Roughrider” illuminates this extraordinary encounter, with the action unfolding at sunset on Glacier Point, overlooking the magnificent Yosemite Valley.

Both of these characters were feisty and opinionated, and had sharp disagreements on issues like hunting, animal rights, and forest management. Muir’s poetic and evangelistic temperament, clashing with Roosevelt’s political (and boyish) enthusiasms, naturally spawned both tension and humor. Both skillful storytellers, it seems natural that both would seek to top one another by relating some of their many adventures in the American wilderness – Roosevelt bringing a frontier ruffian to justice, for example, or Muir telling of his hair-raising ‘interview’ with a Yosemite bear.

Whether you’re a naturalist, a sports-man, or both, you will be captivated by this passionate performance.

In addition “The Tramp and the Rough Rider,” Lee Stetson's plays include three one-person shows based on the life of the naturalist John Muir. These productions, with Stetson in the title role, have been presented in Yosemite National Park since 1983 to more than a quarter of a million visitors.

Tickets are $8 for Students, Senior Citizens, and Arts Council Members and $10 for General Admission. Tickets can be purchased at the Arts Council (5009 Highway 140), the Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center (5158 Highway 140) and High Country Health Food Store and Café (5186 Highway 49). Tickets may also be purchased over the phone (209) 966-3155 and a limited number will be sold at the door.

Details: or call (209) 966-3155.

- Mariposa County Arts Council