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THEATER | "Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage"


A bitter rodeo cowgirl, a "shocking" woman named Shedevil, and a one-eyed Ukrainian biker named Black Dog go head-to-head (to head) in the play "Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage." The satirical, Tarantino-esque genre mashup will be performed as a staged reading this weekend at Blackfriars Theatre (795 East Main Street). Part of the Hourglass Play Reading Series — which presents script-in-hand readings of plays that might not otherwise have the opportunity to be seen in Rochester — "Flaming Guns" is written by Jane Martin (the pseudonym of an acclaimed playwright whose true identity remains unknown), and takes inspiration from the pulpy westerns of writer Zane Grey. But the play takes those genre conventions to ridiculous extremes as Martin adds in elements of comedy and horror. There may also be zombies.

"Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage" will be performed on Saturday, May 21, at 3 p.m. The reading is free to attend, though donations are accepted. More details at or