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This play is dedicated to my father, Bill Fleck,

a humble, thoughtful man who taught me truth, discovery and compassion. 

 

How does a cowpoke at the end of his trail, endure so many hurts, losses and might-have-beens?  A beautiful wife and true companion of 72 years.  Five sons and three daughters.  Sixteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  And all of us —all of us — know who we came from, what we value and why.

Dad’s childhood dream was to be a cowboy and to create his own horse ranch in North Dakota where he was born.  That didn’t go according to plan, but he built a ranch and legacy of a different kind:  US.

 

Some of you may be unfamiliar with CCR, Credence Clearwater Revival.  For you, I've included the pertinent lyrics played at the end of my story.

LONG AS I CAN SEE THE LIGHT by John Fogerty, recorded by CCR:

Put a candle in the window

But I feel I've got to move

But I'm goin', goin'! (I'll be comin' home soon)

Long as I can see the light

Guess I've got that old trav'lin' bone

cause this feelin' won't leave me alone

But I won't, (won't be losin' my way, no, no)

long as I can see the light

Put a candle in the window

But I feel I've got to move

But I'm goin', goin'! (I'll be comin' home soon)

Long as I can see the light , , ,

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1.  Preset Music (Lights come up gradually as Actors enter.)
2.  The Wolf's Head Saloon:  (Beginning of Act One)
3.  The coming conflict.
4.  "But I love you, Jack."  (Scene with Rose and Jack)
5.  "We've got to fight."  (Jack decides)
6.  Aftermath  ("What did we win, and where is Jack?")
7.  Curtain Call
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