A handsome masked man appears seemingly from nowhere to help those in distress, and, oddly enough, is never seen at the same time as a wealthy individual living in the same area where the masked crusader performs his derring-do.
Today, most people think of Batman, a superhero created by Bob Kane and Bill Finder in 1939, but before Batman was Zorro, created by Johnston McCulley in 1919. Spanish for “fox,” Zorro fought the oppressive colonial government in Spanish California with a quick sword and wit, making fun of his enemies in the process. Like Bruce Wayne and Batman, Don Diego and Zorro were never seen at the same time.
For one night only, Sunday, August 5 at 8:30p.m., East Lynne Theater Company, in partnership with The Cape May Film Festival, presents the silent film classic, “The Mask of Zorro,” with live organ accompaniment provided by Wayne Zimmerman. The location is The First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St., where ELTC is in residence. Tickets are only $15, and for reservations and information, contact ELTC at 609-884-5898 or online at www.eastlynnetheater.org.