March 10-12, 16-19, 23-26, Thursday-Saturday 7:30pm; Sunday 2:00pm
$22 Adults; $19 Students/Seniors
THE WIZARD OF PROGRESS:
The Sam Pandolfo Story
By: Chris Tibbetts, Michael Novak,
March 10-12, 16-19, 23-26
One hundred years ago this year, one man began production of an automobile in St. Cloud, Minnesota. It was the beginning of the short and controversial existence of the Pan Motor Company. By the end of 1919, its president Samuel (Sam) Connor Pandolfo (18741960) was fined $4,000 and sentenced to ten years in prison for mail fraud. Car production had stopped and the St. Cloud community lost its bid to become a premier automanufacturing city. Sam Pandolfo was first a teacher, then an insurance salesman, and finally an automobile entrepreneur. Pandolfo’s extensive travels as an insurance salesman inspired him to dream up a new car design, one that suited a traveler. His new automobile would have folddown seats for sleeping, a compartment for tools and extra gasoline, clearance for bumpy country roads, and a place for food and drink. It was a tall order but one that Pandolfo was sure he could meet. The Wizard of Progress is a play that was written by three St. Cloud residents in 1994 for the New Tradition Theatre. The show was stage only once for a threeweek run. And now, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Pan Motor Company, Pioneer Place is thrilled to bring this incredible story back to the stage.