“The Great Loveland Potato Hoax” script was written by local playwright Rick Padden. It is based on the true story of worldwide attention garnered by the faked photo of a Loveland, Colorado potato farmer holding an impossibly large 86-pound potato in 1894. Larger-than-life newspaper editor W. L. Thorndyke convinces farmer J. B. Swan to have the photograph made to call attention to his seed potatoes, but is forced to deal with unexpected consequences. Hilarity follows as the men and women involved in the hoax first discover opportunity, and then find themselves embroiled in chaos as letters pour in from around the globe.
Staged Reading of The Great Loveland Potato Hoax
at Loveland Museum/Gallery
LOVELAND, CO—A staged reading of “The Great Loveland Potato Hoax,” by Moon Theatre Company productions, will take place at the Loveland Museum and Gallery, 503 N. Lincoln, at 7:30 p.m. on March 15. Tickets are $3.00 each will be available at the Museum front desk beginning on Tuesday, February 21. There will be a limited number of tickets available.
Padden is also the author of “Beets,” which premiered at the Rialto Theater in May of 2009. He and Moon Theater Company are pleased to announce that “The Great Loveland Potato Hoax” will also premier as a full staged show the Rialto in May of this year.
The Loveland Museum/Gallery is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Thursdays 10:00 am – 7:00 pm; Saturdays 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Sundays 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm; Closed Mondays. For more information, please call the Loveland Museum/Gallery at 970-962-2410. The Loveland Museum/Gallery is located at 503 N Lincoln Avenue, the corner of 5th and Lincoln, in Loveland, Colorado.