‘The Hermit of Fort Fisher’ comes to life in Wilmington, Southport
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Big Dawg Productions brings the legendary story of Robert Harrill to life in ‘The Hermit of Fort Fisher’.
Harrill became a hermit in 1955 at the age of 62 after a string of unsuccessful and unsatisfying jobs and a failed marriage. He moved into an abandoned bunker at Fort Fisher and eventually became one of the area’s most popular tourist attractions.
David Wright brought his story to the stage after reading a biography of Harrill. It has now been performed several times around the state. This production stars Eben French Mastin as Harrill and Woody Stefl as his son and the narrator of the play.
“The play has a lot of flashbacks,” Mastin says “that tell his life story. It’s an amazing story.”
Mastin also says that for an actor the part lets him go through “many emotions and it’s a great role for an actor.”
Stefl says as the narrator he “gets to unfold the story” for the audience.
The play is at the Cape Fear Playhouse in Wilmington September 1-10, 14-17 and 21-14. It is at the Brunswick Little Theater in Southport October 12-15 and 19-22.