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.



Injury cancels “Bloody Bloody” opening night at Aurora Fox

Ben Dicke at University of Colorado Hospital tonight.


By John Moore

Sept. 7, 2012

Friday night’s opening performance of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” at the Aurora Fox was canceled because of a backstage accident that sent director, producer and star Benjamin Dicke to the nearby University of Colorado Hospital.

Dicke fell about 8 feet down an open trap door at about 5 p.m., just 2 1/2 hours before the first performance was scheduled to begin. It took paramedics about an hour to safely extract him from below the stage.

Dicke broke four ribs, punctured a lung and has a cut on the back of his head that took three staples to close. He is not expected to require surgery, Doctors estimated a complete recovery will take six to eight weeks.

Scheduled performances for Sunday and Monday (Sept. 9-10) have been canceled. Opening night will now take place Sept. 14. If Dicke is unable to resume performing, the role of Andrew Jackson will be played by Andrew Diessner. The acclaimed emo-rock history musical is scheduled to run through Oct. 28.

The open trap door is located directly behind the Aurora Fox’s main stage, part of a pathway that also leads to the adjacent studio theater, where “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” is to be performed.

Dicke was carrying a large box of  newly arrived foam fingers that serve as props in the show, so he could not have seen that the floor before him had opened up.  Another Aurora Fox technician had dodged into the trap area to retrieve one missing letter that was needed to complete the “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” title on the outside marquee. It was estimated that the door was only open for 30 seconds before Dicke fell in. The technician was still down below when Dicke fell.

“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” is a being produced by Dicke, who formed his company specifically to bring the metro area its first staging of the popular populism Broadway musical that tells the story of the nation’s seventh president with both irreverent and cutting undertones. By presenting Jackson as the equivalent of a modern-day rock star, the show draws both political and cultural parallels that make plain things are not all that different now than they were nearly 200 years ago.

Last week,  CultureWest.Org ranked it No. 2 on its list of the 11 most intriguing fall theater titles.

Patrons whose reservations have been affected by the cancellations can reschedule by calling 303-739-1970.