Premiere of ‘High Stakes: The Life and Times of E.W. Marland’ May 6

Ponca City Now - April 20, 2016 6:09 pm

The Premiere of “High Stakes: The Life and Times of E.W. Marland” will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 6 at The Poncan Theatre.

The rise and fall of E. W. Marland, one of Oklahoma’s most colorful and controversial oil barons and the state’s tenth governor, comes alive in this hour-long documentary.

Filled with dramatic re-enactments shot on location, “High Stakes” is the most entertaining and extensive portrayal of Marland’s life ever produced.

“High Stakes” is produced by Steve Herrin and Scott Swearingen of Swearingen Productions of Tulsa and is narrated by Tulsa resident and nationally known historian and author, Michael Wallis. In addition, Tulsa musicians, including Joseph Rivers, Mark Bruner, Shelby Eicher, and Rick Fortner have composed and perform original music.

The documentary features in-depth interviews with Ponca City residents who knew the Marland family and features never-before seen home movies and hundreds of rare family and Oklahoma oil industry photographs.

The film is funded by the E.W. Marland Estate Foundation and excerpts will be shown as part of public tours of the Marland Grand Home and the Marland Mansion in Ponca City. The full-length DVD version will be available.

Tickets to the premiere are $12. Other showings at the Poncan Theatre will be Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8. Tickets are available at the Poncan Theatre and the E.W. Marland Mansion.

Proceeds will help preserve the Marland Mansion and the Marland Grand Home.


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