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Soap & Rope Theater Company presents an original comedy theater event: You Have Died of Dysentery! presented at CinemaSalem on Thursday, July 21 at 8:30 pm. For anyone who doubted their decision to caulk their wagon and float, or shot more pounds of meat than humanly possible to carry, comes a new spin on traveling the Oregon Trail. Join three intrepid ladies as they journey Westward, bringing the Oregon Trail out of the computer lab and into your face. Snake bites have never been so fun! 

This hilarious evening of entertainment features an interactive and nostalgic return journey along The Oregon Trail, and will be especially enjoyable for the thousands of students (and teachers!) who traveled the trail on school computers between 1980 and 2005. Audience members too young or too old to fit into the “Trail Generation” will also thoroughly enjoy this vaguely-accurate, sort of historically-based comedy.

You Have Died of Dysentery! is a one-night event at CinemaSalem, so to avoid disappointment, be sure to purchase your tickets in advance. Tickets are available for $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. This one-time comedic event will take place on Thursday, July 21 at 8:30 pm at CinemaSalem. The doors will open at 8:00 pm, and beer and wine will be available for purchase. 

Need a refresher? Here are some facts about the computer game:

According to the always-reliable internet, The Oregon Trail was a computer game originally developed by Don Rawitsch, Bill Heinemann, and Paul Dillenberger in 1971 and produced by the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC) in 1974. 

The original game was designed to teach school children about the realities of 19th century pioneer life on the OregonTrail. The player assumes the role of a wagon leader guiding his or her party of settlers from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon’s Willamette Valley on the Oregon Trail via a covered wagon in 1848.

The game is the first entry in the Oregon Trail series, and has since been released in many editions by various developers and publishers who have acquired rights to it, as well as inspiring a number of spinoffs (such as The YukonTrail and The Amazon Trail). A parody game was developed and distributed with the inevitable name The Organ Trail.

The Oregon Trail was extremely successful, selling over 65 million copies, after ten iterations over forty years. It was included in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die. It was a hallmark in elementary schools worldwide from the mid-1980s to mid-2000s, as school computers came bundled with the game. (Play the game for free online here!)

Don’t miss this new, exciting theatrical masterpiece: You Have Died of Dysentery! 


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