Strong. Ambitious. Fearless. Badass.
Those are just some of the words used to describe the Colorado Western woman, Kate McHale Slaughterback—famously known as “Rattlesnake Kate.” When Composer Neyla Pekarek ventured to the Greeley Museum while in school at the University of Northern Colorado, she did not expect to be captured by the story of how one woman took on not only a rattlesnake migration, but the world. Get to know the journey of each Kate in Rattlesnake Kate before you see the show!
In Act One of Rattlesnake Kate, audiences will meet 16-year-old Katie as she leaves home to go meet her “true love.” Katie is an independent and scrappy person that wants to make a name for herself in the world. No matter what comes in her path, Katie remains optimistic and is not afraid of a challenge or anyone trying to stop her.
Kate McHale Slaughterback
Later in Act One the audience is introduced to an older Kate. Kate Slaughterback is a fighter that yearns for love and glory. In Kate’s early 30s the world learns about the famed encounter with a rattlesnake migration where she killed 140 rattlesnakes to save her son and horse. That encounter gave her the name “Rattlesnake Kate” and started the path to a national legacy. Although married to Jack Slaughterback for a time, audiences will continue to see Kate on her quest for love and the 30-year romance with Colonel Buckskin Bill.
Act Two introduces the audience to Katherine in her 50s. After the cameras and national attention, Katherine continues her journey fighting for her legacy and never giving up on love. Audiences will continue to learn about the conquests that Katherine takes following the fame, the continuation and conclusion of her story with Colonel Buckskin Bill, and the loss of her greatest companion.
See this Colorado legend come to life on stage in the DCPA Theatre Company’s world premiere of Rattlesnake Kate.
Feb 4-Mar 13, 2022 • Wolf Theatre