Date(s) - 08/17/2019
Reitz Home Museum
2019 Reitz Home Mystery
A dramatization of the life of SW Indiana songwriter Paul Dresser and the mystery of “My Gal Sal”
Call 812.426.1871 for reservations.
$75 per person
Includes performance in the Reitz mansion, followed by cast party in the carriage house. Heavy hors d’ oeuvres, cash bar with wine and beer.
Written and Directed by Karen Peake
Underwritten by John M. Lawrence & Associates
My Gal Sallie is a dramatization of the life of Paul Dresser, one of the most important composers of the 1890’s. Paul was a local boy, born in Terre Haute just before the beginning of the Civil War. He had very strong ties to Southern Indiana, even attending St. Meinrad and living in the Evansville area for a time. While working in Evansville Paul developed a ‘friendship’ with one of the local brothel owners, Annie Brace. She had a heart of gold and was very kind to not only Paul, but to his parents and siblings, who were very poor. Although they did not stay together, there were rumors that Paul had included her in a song he wrote years later.
Paul Dresser had very fond memories of his time in Southern Indiana. He wrote our state song, “On the Banks of the Wabash.”
His legacy lives on through the 1942 biopic My Gal Sal as well as the Indiana tributes including the Paul Dresser Memorial Association established in 1922; the Paul Dresser Drive dedicated in 1923 by the Banks-of-the-Wabash Association; and the dual bridges constructed in 1993 over the Wabash River named for Dresser and his brother, the famous novelist Theodore Dreiser.