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‘Treasure of the Sierra Madre’ adapted for stage

For the next two weekends, playgoers will have a chance to see live on stage a classic western of man’s greed and nature’s answer to it – “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.” A popular book in the 1920s and 1930s by B. Traven, it was turned into a movie in 1949 starring Humphrey Bogart and John Huston and is considered one of the best movies of all time.

Now it has been adapted to the stage by Herb Robins, a Grass Valley actor/playwright/director with a powerful resume. He stayed pretty faithful to the novel after getting permission to stage the play from the author’s estate in the ’80s.

Two actors carry the play: Jonathon Gangemi as the bandit and Richard Winters, owner of WinterStage Theater, as the grizzled American expatriate Fred C. Dobbs. They received standing ovations at the play’s world premiere in San Jose a year ago.

Robins has more than a single play on his mind, though. “We have chosen (this play) as the initial presentation of a new regional theater we wish to build here in Nevada County. (The county) has a deep well of professional theater people … who will need a proper 200-seat theater that can establish our community as a prime regional theater location.”

Audiences are told to be alert for the all-time favorite line spoken by Gold Hat in the movie: “We don’t got to show you no stinking badges.”

WHAT: “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” by Herb Robins

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.; same for the following weekend, April 8-10.

WHERE: The WinterStage Theater, 554 Searls Ave., Nevada City



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