Lanier Library hosts Prince of Dark Corner October 24

Published 2:52 pm Monday, October 18, 2010

On Sunday, October 24 at 2 p.m. the Lanier Library is hosting a special presentation of the play Major Lewis Redmond, The Prince of Dark Corners. Gary Carden, the playwright will introduce the performance&bsp; and discuss the history behind it and the part of Major Redmond will be played by Milton Higgins.

Gary Carden is familiar to many for his storytelling and his performance last year at the Lanier Library of his play When the Tannery Whistle Blows. He is returning with actor Milton Higgins to perform his new play that will appeal to anyone interested in a portrayal of local history.

At the time of his capture in 1881 on charges of moonshining and bootlegging, the outlaw Lewis Redmond was described at the most famous man in South Carolina. The adventurer was equally well-known in western North Carolina and north Georgia and greatly admired for his undaunted courage and unmistakable dash.

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Although the trial was scheduled to take place in Asheville, where he had many admirers and supporters, the location was changed to the Greenville court because of the likelihood of a rescue from the Asheville jail. Higgins brings out both the villain and the hero in the character of Redmond.

The play has been performed on public television and in theaters in the Carolinas. The intimate setting of the Lanier Library offers a rare opportunity to see it up close, so audience members are encouraged to come early for seats.

The program is free and everyone is welcome.