Rudy Ramos’s ‘Geronimo’ on way to sold out show
“To the best of my knowledge, Geronimo has never been portrayed at this stage of his life” said Rudy Ramos.
Ramos plays the iconic Apache leader in “Geronimo, Life on the Reservation” at 8 p.m. Saturday May 3 at the John Denney Playhouse, 1316 NW Bell Ave., in Lawton. The one-man stage production will have one performance.
Now on a short tour through Oklahoma and Texas, “Geronimo” is nearly sold outin Lawton. Less than a dozen seats remain available. For tickets, phone theLawton Community Theatrebox office at (580) 355-1600.
Ramos, a Lawton native who was a star on the Cameron University basketball team during his time there, was in the original cast of the TV western “The High Chaparral.” His ground-breaking portrayal of Wind, a half-Pawnee Indian, put him in the national spotlight. His feature film work includes the gang crime drama “Colors” with Robert Duvall.
“The story is the star of this show,” Ramos said, adding that so few people seem to know about the last 20 years of Geronimo’s life, from his surrender through his POW days. “It always leaves people talking.”
Written by Janelle Meraz Hooper, the project was launched with a Kickstarter campaign. The online fundraiser gave the production, and creators, a boost in its formative phase.
The show was directed by Ramos’s longtime friend Steve Railsback, who portrayed Charles Manson in TV film “Helter Skelter.”
The clothes Ramos wears also have a history. Donated by American Costumes, it is one of the outfits worn by Wes Studi in his film role for “Geronimo, an American Legend.”
“Geronimo, Life on the Reservation” premiered in March in Tucson, Ariz. to a standing ovation and already has been booked for a performance next year at the 2015 Memphis Film Festival.