Hank Fincken

A National Theater Company of One

About the Artist

    A Spell-binding wordsmith, Hank Fincken has the distinction of being named "Master Artist" by the Indiana Arts Commission, as well as has been given the "Achievement and Service Award" by the Indiana Theatre Association. Performer, published author, and playwright, Mr. Ficken has written and produced 12 original plays and published 25 stories. He has enchanted his audiences, not only across the United States, but in South America as well.

    Impressed by his sincerity, dynamism, and intellect, his reviewers have been universally impressed, pronouncing Hank Ficken as "Indiana's top performer", "his presence is constantly interesting", "dynamic and thoroughly entertaining -- theater at it's finest", "excellent... strongly convincing", and "superb". In 1998, Mr. Fincken's first book, "Three Midwest History Plays and Then Some" was published by guild Press.


 

Not "Johnny" If You Please

    70-year-old Johnny Appleseed shares some tall tale adventures concerning his travels throughout the Midwest. This is story-telling in theatre form, legend and fact becoming one. John Chapman was a non-violent man in a violent time and as such deserves you attention today. (All Year)

 


J. Goldsborough Bruff

    The year is 1853 and the Argonaut, J. G. Bruff has been asked to tell some potential adventurers about his 27 month trip to and through the California gold fields. The audience listens to a tale of courage, deception, beautiful landscapes, and horrible weather. Are you prepared to make the journey? Would your best or worst surface during the trying times? Bruff’s discoveries end up having little to do with the gold he so desperately chased. No, his insights are into himself, his fellow travelers, and the native people he encountered, proving, in part, the true wealth of this country shines brighter than any metal. (Spring & Summer)

 

 


 

Fancisco Pizarro, To Serve You

    War brought out his best and worst. Peace did not become him. Francisco Pizarro was born out of wedlock and denied all gentlemanly advantages, yet he managed to gain the trust of the Spanish king and destroy the Inca Empire. His bravery and commitment are undeniable; his ruthlessness affects a continent today. For four hundred years, his example was celebrated in history books; today he ranks as one of the world’s great villains. But then again, maybe we are as simple-minded in our search of virtue as the Spaniards were in their search for gold. This presentation will try to put flesh and blood on a legend who is remembered mostly for his shedding of flesh and blood. (Late Fall & Winter)

 


Almost, Mr. Edison, Almost

    In this one person presentation, the goal will not be fulfill the audience’s expectations concerning the Edison myth. Instead, the goal will be to recapture the complexity of a man who in many ways reflects something of our national character, both its positive and its negative. We forget how he was controversial in his own time as many original thinkers are in ours. If details are what bring History back to life, then this presentation promises to light up our past the same way Edison’s movies once inspired despite their flaws. When Edison’s great grandson saw this performance, he wrote: “This portrayal of my great-grandfather would make him proud.” (Spring, Summer & Winter)

 

 


 

Christopher Columbus: The Shame in the Glory

    Christopher Columbus’s reputation proceeds him. No one has ever been more popular and/or more despised. In 1892, proponents demanded his sainthood. In 1992, a new wave of enemies demanded that he be university condemned. So who was this man who cried in front of the King and Queen because of his shortcomings and wrote a book that claimed he was second only to Jesus in carrying out God’s commands. Does he deserve your thanks or your condemnation? Decide for yourself today as we present Christopher Columbus: the Shame in the Glory. (All Year)

 


Henry Ford

Was he a saint? Hardly. But he fought for peace while the nation prepared for war, cherished the past while he built for the future, and pioneered agricultural research that he hoped would someday make America independent of foreign imports. Hank’s latest one-man play invites the audience to rediscover the beginnings of these glorious times when intelligent people asked each other: what time is it when one Model T crosses in front of another? Answer: Tin past tin.


"I think your portrayal of my great grandfather, Thomas A. Edison, would make him proud." -- David Edward Edison Sloane, Professor, The University of New Haven

"Your portrayal of Columbus was factual, enlightening and challenging." -- Liz Sowell, Imagination and Celebration, Forth Worth, Texas

"Many of the dignitaries told me that your rendering of Edison was among the most vivid and true-to-life historical recreations they had ever seen." --

 

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