Westerville, Ohio – May 19, 2015 – Big Walnut Productions announces a Kickstarter campaign to develop Our Sacred Honor a new hybrid stage/film production based on the true stories of John Davis and Ann Simpson, teen American Revolutionary War heroes.
At the age of 16, John Davis, of Bucks County PA, joined other colonialists in the war effort. John crossed the Delaware River with George Washington on Christmas Eve 1776. He served under the command of the Marquis de Lafayette and assisting in carrying Lafayette from the battlefield at Brandywine. John was injured in battle but later returned to the fight and witnessed the surrender of Lord Cornwallis.
At the age of 16, Ann Simpson, of Bucks County PA, was hired by General Washington to carry messages to his generals in 1779/80. Ann sometimes delivered messages on horseback. She was never caught by oocasionally had to swallow messages and she sometimes disguised herself, including as an old woman.
After the war, John and Ann were married at Ann’s family home in Bucks County. They had nine children and eventually became one of the founding families of Dublin, Ohio, where they are buried. The Columbus Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is the “Ann Simpson Davis Chapter”.
John and Ann Simpson Davis’ story has never been told in a dramatic form. Big Walnut Productions intends to weave the known historical events of their lives (up to their marriage) into an epic musical, with the story to be delivered with both live actors and feature film.
Our Sacred Honor premier is tentatively planned for late 2015, at a new state-of-the-art theater at Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio. The show will be presented for daytime matinees and special performances, and will also be offered as an educational addition to the local, state and national school systems. The nature of the theater and technical equipment will also permit live video streaming to classrooms and auditoriums, anywhere in the country.