About the Show

About the Show

The gaze of man is westward, as if he could glimpse, somewhere beyond this uneasy world, the great reaches of eternity - as if he could hear, blowing in the distant sunset, the horn of freedom.
— Kermit Hunter


the story

Horn in the West, the nation's oldest Revolutionary War drama, brings to life the famous frontiersman Daniel Boone and the hardy mountain settlers of the region in their struggle to preserve their freedom during the turbulent years before and during the War for Independence. The drama highlights those settlers who came to the Blue Ridge Mountains seeking freedom and escape from British tyranny.  Dr. Geoffrey Stuart, a prominent British physician, comes to the Colony of Carolina to study the dreaded disease smallpox, bringing his wife, Martha, and their teenage son, Jack.  Through hardship and danger, house-raising and romance, the ties that bind the Stuart family and the small pioneer community grow.  Dr. Stuart finds himself a respected leader in this hidden mountain community but has to resolve his conflicted feelings of loyalty to the Crown and his family's sympathy for the Regulators and their fight for American independence.

the playwright

Dr. Kermit Hunter (1910 - 2001) was an American playwright primarily known for writing historical dramas.  He received an undergraduate degree from Ohio State University.  In 1940 he began serving in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and being awarded the Legion of Merit.  After leaving the military, Dr. Hunter, a talented musician who had attended Julliard School of Music, served as General Manager of North Carolina Symphony.  He received both of his graduate degrees from the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  After a year as a Guggenheim Fellow in writing, he served as a professor of drama at Hollins College and became the first Dean of the Meadows School of Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  Dr. Kermit Hunter wrote more than 40 historical productions.