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May 14 , 2010

Sacred Ground


The Fabulous Tom Mix: Thomas Edwin Mix (born Thomas Hezikiah Mix; January 6, 1880 – October 12, 1940) was an American film actor and the star of many early Western movies. He made a reported 336 films between 1910 and 1935, all but nine of which were silent features. He was Hollywood’s first Western megastar and is noted as having helped define the genre for all cowboy actors who followed. Tom Mix was "the King of Cowboys" when the influence of his screen persona was seen in his approach to portraying cowboys. He created the first “Mixville”. Such was the influence on the life of JUBAL McCabe.
Are our old cowboy heroes really dead? Not according to Jubal "Tom Mix" McCabe.
"Save yer pennies, kids. Yer in fer another adventure."
This is a play about Jubal "Tom Mix" McCabe. Jubal is a happy-go-lucky, wanna-be cowboy movie star. As a youngster he was a "little Tom Mix", cleaning out a nest of imaginary outlaws in the family backyard in typical Tom Mix fashion. Those were the days of the popular dream: to grow up to be like Tom Mix. His every word intonation and body movements are out of the old western movies of the early 20th century. Jubal speaks in the dialect and jargon as seen in the onscreen ‘intertitles’ of the ‘silents’ and heard by characters in the ‘talkies’. He has been building his own “Mixville” in his backyard in the southern California town of Victorville. Aiyanna Eskaminzim, a return visitor to Mixville is a Native American. Her Jicarilla (hēkəˈrēə) Apache name, ‘Aiyanna’, means ‘eternal blossom’. Eskaminzim means “big mouth”. She has the patience of a saint and the psyche of a poet with a “big mouth”. She has come back to rebuild Jubal's "Injun village". We'll see 'bout that!

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