Video: The making of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” Part 5: “Jackson Has It Going On”

Director Ben Dicke takes a moment in the Aurora Fox parking lot before taking to the stage in the delayed opening-night performance of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” on Sept. Sept. 27, 2012. Photo by John Moore


By John Moore

Oct. 9, 2012

Part 5: Jackson Has It Going On

Veteran arts journalist John Moore followed the making of Ben Dicke’s “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” from inception to an opening night postponed by a serious backstage accident that hospitalized the director/starring actor.  Part 5, the final chapter, chronicles the triumphant rescheduled opening night, three weeks later than originally planned. Running time: 11 minutes.
Here is a link to Part 1: Before the Fall
Here is a link to Part 2: The Perfect Mission
Here is a link to Part 3: Life Sucks
Here is a link to Part 4: This Is Happening
Here is a link to Part 5: Jackson Has It Going On
Performance information:
Where:Aurora Fox studio theater, 9900 E. Colfax Ave.

Times:  7:30 Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 6 p.m. Sundays
Tickets: $25-$30
Contact: 303-739-1970 or the aurora fox’s home page

Video: “Bloody Bloody” announces new opening date: Sept. 27

By John Moore

Sept. 11, 2012

“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” producer and star Ben Dicke, injured in a serious fall just before the opening performance was to begin on Sept. 7, has announced that the regional premiere of the emo-rock political history lesson will now open at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in the studio theater at the Aurora Fox.

The show now will be performed on Thursday through Sunday nights through Oct. 28, with Dicke back in the starring role as Andrew Jackson, and with the entire original cast intact.

Dicke broke four ribs, lacerated a lung and took a gash to the back of his head when he fell down a trap door at the Aurora Fox. Doctors originally estimated it might take Dicke 6-to-8 weeks for a complete recovery, but they now believe Dicke’s peak physical condition as a trained ultra-runner will speed his recovery time.

The role of Jackson is a physically demanding one, but Dicke believes with slight modifications, his injuries can be accommodated on stage.

“We are moving forward,” Dicke said in the video statement embedded above. “This will be a limited run, and it’s definitely, definitely going to be an exciting one … although hopefully slightly less exciting than the last one,” he joked.

In the video above, Dicke also addresses those who reached out to him from around the world while he was hospitalized.

New performance information:

Ben Dicke Presents’ “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”

A comedic, Wild West emo-rock musical about the founder of the Democratic Party, who was either one of the greatest U.S. presidents, or America’s Hitler. Or both.

Sept. 27-Oct. 28, 2012

7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 6 p.m. Sundays; also 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8

Ticket prices: $25-$30

At the Aurora Fox Studio Theatre, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora

Tickets: 303-739-1970 or online at The very end of the video says “.org,” but “.com” is correct.

Ben Dicke’s head, three days later: By comparison … not so bad. Photo by John Moore.



Ben Dicke, out of the hospital: “We’re moving forward,” he says (even with hospital bracelet intact). Photo by John Moore.