“Outlaw Days” at Mary Olson Farm

When I bought tickets for “Outlaw Days,” I wasn’t sure what it was. But the tickets were only $5 each and I’d heard so much about the Mary Olson Farm in Auburn and the activities there, I thought I couldn’t miss.

You even get music with this interactive play.

Lo and behold, I stumbled onto a real gem. “Outlaw Days” turned out to be a play, but not in the usual sense of the word. Instead, when the scene changed in the production so did the audience and the actors. We followed the play around to different places on the farm and ended up inside the barn for the final act. I’m not sure what they call that kind of play or even if it has a name, but it sure was a fun experience.

The interactive theatre experience centered on a time in 1902 when the Olson family was taken hostage by the notorious outlaw Harry Tracy. I’m not sure if it’s true or not, but the actors make you think it could have been. The acting was stellar and must have been difficult because almost all of them played multiple roles. So there were lots of quick costume and character changes.


The play continues this weekend and I urge anyone interested in history or dramatic arts to attend.

The Farm holds numerous events including overnight camping, summer camps for kids, group tours and special events like “Outlaw Days.” A project of the White River Valley Museum, the Farm originally operated as a subsistence farm. In 2011 it was restored to its current state and opened to the general public. The interior of the house is furnished just like an old farm house.


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13 Responses to “Outlaw Days” at Mary Olson Farm

  1. Alexandra says:

    Sounds like a really fun event to enjoy with your family!

  2. Bob DuBos says:

    I went to the play with Heather and found it quite enjoyable. The Actors, musicians and narrator did a great job. It was a nice afternoon outing on a beautiful fall day. There is a shuttle from the parking area, or if you are the hiking type, a trail from the lot to the farm.

  3. Living Large says:

    Oh, I love these types of things. I will forward to some friends in WA. Maybe they can go!

  4. Brette says:

    What a neat concept for a play – moving it around in different spots. Kind of like scenery changes.

  5. This sounds like such fun! And I love the fact that there was music. ;)

  6. sheryl says:

    What a fun way to spend a few hours – great concept!

  7. Sounds like a venue for a great family outing!

  8. Jennifer Margulis says:

    What an innovative concept. My family and I would love to see – or I should say participate in – this play!

  9. I would love to see this — or something like it. Sounds like so much fun, and so creatively done.

  10. What a cool experience going from one scene to the next. Sounds interesting…and fun.

  11. Donna Hull says:

    What a fun experience. I would love to see this. Maybe I should plan a trip to Auburn for next fall?

  12. Lyd says:

    Is the inside of the house open to the public?

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