Eben French Mastin (L) plays Robert Harrill in Big Dawg's 'The Hermit of Fort Fisher.' (Source: WECT)
The real Robert Harrill, aka the Hermit of Fort Fisher (Source: WECT)
'The Hermit of Fort Fisher' will get a second run at Brunswick Little Theatre. (Source: WECT)
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) -
The life of a local icon is coming back to a local stage. Big Dawg wrapped up its performances of The Hermit of Fort Fisher in Wilmington in September, but now the company is partnering with Brunswick Little Theatre for a second run.
The play is based on the life of Robert Harrill who took up residence in a bunker in the marshland of Fort Fisher in the 1960s. He survived for 17 years and became the second biggest tourist attraction in the area.
The play takes a look at all facets of the "hermit's" life, including his relationships with his son, wife, doctor and tourists.
"On any given weekend, even 2 or 3:00 in the morning, he had 250 people just hanging around his bunker visiting and chatting and partying and things like that," actor Eben French Mastin said. "He was quite an interesting fellow and this is quite an interesting story, and I think Wilmington needs to see it. They're going to go away from this play thinking about things."