MOUNT VERNON — Clyde Champion Barrow and his companion, Bonnie Parker, were shot to death by officers in an ambush near Sailes, Bienville Parish, Louisiana, on May 23, 1934, after one of the most colorful and spectacular manhunts the nation had seen up to that time. Bonnie and Clyde met in Texas in January, 1930. At the time, Bonnie was 19 and married to an imprisoned murderer; Clyde was 21 and unmarried. Soon after, he was arrested for a burglary and sent to jail. He escaped using a gun Bonnie had smuggled to him, was recaptured and was sent back to prison. Clyde was paroled in February 1932, rejoined Bonnie, and resumed a life of crime.
On Thursday, June 15, at ThePlace@TheWoodward (101 S. Main St., downtown Mount Vernon) meet Bonnie & Clyde portrayed by Chautauqua veterans Jim and Amy K. Stoner. Jim and Amy will bring to life a man and woman who have had an enduring appeal to those people who consider themselves outsiders, or oppose the existing system. Bonnie and Clyde represent the ultimate outsiders, revolting against an uncaring system.
Doors open at this first floor theater at 6 p.m., with the program starting at 7 p.m. Music will be provided by Joshua Hill and Bonnie and Clyde will take the stage at 7:45 p.m. and then the couple will field questions from the audience.
These Chautauqua programs are brought to you on a donation basis by Elixir Presents, with the assistance from The Ariel Foundation. The programs are family friendly, assessable to those with special needs and a wonderful way to learn more about the real people and the times in which they lived.