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America’s cowboy culture and hallowed musical traditions converge in a story that celebrates the collaborative power of art. RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE: THE MAKING OF A WESTERN OPERA follows Zane Grey’s classic dime-store novel as it is rediscovered and re-imagined onstage in fully orchestrated glory. This film celebrates art, history, and the power of live theater. 


  • Author Zane Grey, "The Father of the Western," (read by Peter Coyote)

  • Painter Ed Mell, world-renowned landscape artist

  • Composer Craig Bohmler, winner of the Arizona Governor's Arts Award

  • Over 100 singers, musicians, designers, and stagecraft artisans

After seven years of production, we are poised to release the film worldwide. Thank you for joining our posse!

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