The Pathetic Life and Remarkable Afterlife of

Elmer McCurdy

The Worst Robber in the west

Photo by Emmet Kowler

Photo by Emmet Kowler


Born 1880. Died 1911.


From his humble beginnings to his improbable end, Elmer McCurdy’s mortal coil did a lot of shufflin’. He pulled on his boots, saddled up his horse, and proceeded to take a long, tragic stumble on the wrong side of the law. From the minute he plopped a ten-dollar Stetson on a five-cent head, it was destined to end with a sharp case of lead poisoning. But for Elmer, dying with his boots on was just the beginning.

If you’re looking for a typical Wild West showdown, well, there you ain’t. If you’re looking for a history lesson, there you ain’t neither.

But head on down to the nimbus spread and we’ll yarn you a yarn of how Grits Crabcake, Li’l Britches, and the most cow-handed, sidewindin’, four flushin’, lowdown, fiddleheaded, green horned, flat-out worst bandit ever came to ruination. And how Elmer done got hisself kilt.

And then, what happened next.

Playing May 4 -19, 2019 at The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St. NE Mpls. 55413

Thursdays at 7:30 PM
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM
Sundays at 3:00 PM
Special Pay-What-You-Can Performance Monday, May 13
Tickets $12 Sunday and Thursday; $15 Friday and Saturday


The Ensemble


Stage Manager
Production Manager
Scenic Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Property Design
Sound Design

Elmer McCurdy
Lil’ Britches
Grits Crabcake