Wop May’s son, Denny, was guest of honour this past weekend at a meeting of two other First World War avation legends. Denny May, along with 250 others, attended the performance of Roy Versus the Red Baron, the work of Edmonton playwright Kenneth Brown, presented at the Alberta Aviation Museum December 13-15.
The play puts the famous German flying ace in an afterlife officers mess with Roy Brown, the Canadian pilot who was chasing the Baron when he was shot down. The dogfight ended the Baron’s deadly rein, saving another young and inexperienced Canadian pilot, Edmontonian Wop May.
The play was debuted at the Fringe this summer and was performed ‘in the round’ among the museum’s collection of historic aircraft.
“I found it fascinating that they have captured so much of the real story,” says May, who gave a brief presentation about his father’s life after the play on all three nights. “I love telling the stories and trying to keep history alive.”
May says the concept of the play is intriguing.
“I know that my dad would have loved to have had the opportunity to meet with one of his adversaries. I know the Red Baron and others would often go to visit some body in the hospital that they had shot down.”
Our thanks to Denny May, who has been such an important supporter of our museum. Thanks as well to Kenneth Brown for his stirring play and to Zachary Parsons-Lozinski, who played the Red Baron and Andrew Gummer, who brought Roy Brown to life on stage.
Check out the photos of the event. We hope the museum can provide a setting for more performances like Roy Versus the Red Baron in the future.