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Bisbee’s Obscure Productions Opens The Yellow Boat

Bisbee’s Obscure Productions, Bisbee’s Finest Theater, will open its eighth season on September 17 with The Yellow Boat by David Saar. It’s family theater for patrons 8 years old and up, celebrating the short life of a young artist, Benjamin Saar. The show will run Fridays and Saturdays, September 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 7:30 pm with one matinee on September 26 at 3:00 pm. A special feature of the matinee will be whistles and lizard party favors, props from the show, for all the young patrons.

The Yellow Boat is based on a true story. David Saar and his wife, Sonja had a son, Benjamin, who was born with hemophilia. Benjamin is an artist who expresses his joys and pain through drawing and painting. He contracted HIV through treatment with “Factor 8”. The Yellow Boat is the story of his journey expressed not only in words, but in color, dance, music and movement. This lovely play will touch you with both sadness and joy.

The cast is BOP's usual mix of regulars and newcomers. In this show we're introducing Kim Herring, who plays Benjamin's mother, and Zak Jacob, a young actor from Little Red in the Hood, who plays Ben. JahFree Lambo, last seen in Medea, plays Ben's father. The rest of the cast is called in the script "transformational potential," a fancy name for chorus. These actors use dance, music, color and prose to move the story along. They are teachers, doctors, children, neighbors, and Benjamin's art. Making up the chorus are Rae E. Jones, Christa Smith, Staci Smith and Abigail Stage.

Tickets are $10 in advance from Atalanta’s Music & Books, Bisbee Food Co-op, Bisbee Visitor Center, or by mail from BOP. Tickets are now available online for $11 from They will be $12 at the door for adults. Students with ID are $5 at the door only.

For more information, contact Rae Jones at (520) 432-2901. Email: or search for “bisbee’s obscure”.