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William Cooper play

‘Lord Of The Wilderness’ Depicts Bawdy Founder

NASH BRING COOPER TO LIFE

‘Lord Of The Wilderness’

Depicts Bawdy Founder

Playwright Ron Nash, left, trades pointers with James Iversen of Franklin, center, who played an uncouth William Cooper in a dramatization of the village’s founding in this evening’s reading of “Lord of the Wilderness” in The Fenimore Art Museum’s auditorium.  Nash, now living in California, said he wrote the play 10 years ago for the Leatherstocking Theater Group, which closed down before it could be performed. The play is one of four that will be read in the next several weeks under the auspices of The Fenimore Art Museum. At right is Bill Elsey, Springfield Center, who plays the county sheriff in cahoots with Cooper when the founding father bought the future site of Cooperstown at auction in Canajoharie. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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