The Bridge

November 2018 at Kingsbury Hall

The Bridge will receive three premiere performances at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City on November 8–10, 2018.  Purchase tickets here.

See The Bridge

During the height of the Civil War, a young man awaits his hanging for attempted arson. As his mind races to his family and ideals, his battle for survival becomes a battle for self. Commissioned by UtahPresents for its world premiere, this genre-bending dance and music performance—created by Salt Lake City natives Andrew Maxfield and Stuart Maxfield (singer/bassist of Fictionist) and librettist Glen Nelson—reimagines Ambrose Bierce’s classic short story, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” Performed by SALT Contemporary Dance, a Utah-based company of classically trained, artistically versatile dancers, the chilling tale unfolds through stunning choreography by Brendan Duggan, 2017 winner of the WMU National Choreography Competition.

Get to Know the Story

The Bridge  is a reinterpretation of the classic American short story, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” written by Ambrose Bierce in 1890, and described in 2005 by Kurt Vonnegut as “… a flawless example of American genius.”

Bierce writes with the bullet-like precision and dispassion of a journalist as he relays the fictional account of Peyton Farquhar in a stream-of-consciousness narrative that buzzes with nervous energy and storytelling tricks. Want to dive into this twisty tale?

1—Read the original story. “A man stood upon a railroad bridge in northern Alabama, looking down into the swift water twenty feet below. The man’s hands were behind his back, the wrists bound with a cord. A rope closely encircled his neck.” Full Text at Project Gutenberg.

2—Listen to the audiobook. This recording, prepared by our team, features Danny Vinson.

3—Watch the Twilight Zone episode.