Shasta Service Guild Presents: Spare My Brother – The Sad and Historical Tale of the Ruggles Brothers

The Shasta Service Guild will present “Spare My Brother,”  a tale of what happened in the lives of John and Charles Ruggles in the days before they were dragged from their jail cells in the middle of the night and hung next to the railroad tracks, where they dangled for several days as a warning to passing evil-doers.

The play will be performed as a benefit by the Scratched Up Players on October 19 and 20 at the Old Schoolhouse in “Old” Shasta as part of a dinner theatre, which includes a boarding house dinner and music by the Mud Whompers.

Dinner and music begin at 5:30 each night, followed by the play at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the benefit performance are $20 in advance (purchase through the Cascade Theatre) and $25 at the door.

-from press release

-from press release
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2 Responses

  1. Avatar Donna Dowling says:

    Why do I love this so much? Well, it's partly because my wonderful husband wrote this play, and he's performing in it as well. I have watched my husband, Jim, evolve as a writer over the past ten years. He normally writes short stories, but he decided to expand his horizons with this endeavor. The story is a local one, and it has intrigued us for years. Lots of research, blood, sweat, and tears have gone into this project, and I'm really proud and excited about it. The actors are wonderful and have worked hard on the project for over a year. I don't think anyone who goes to the performance will be disappointed. See ya there!

  2. James Montgomery James Montgomery says:

    Yep. Local story, local folks.

    Buck Montgomery was my great-great uncle. I look forward to seeing that no good son-of-a-bitch John Ruggles swing.