Storier Jim Pfitzer Brings work of Aldo Leopold to Stage in One-Man Show

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

Jim Pfitzer spent the night in Aldo Leopold’s shack last October.   This was part of his research on forest ranger, naturalist and author of, “A Sand County Almanac,” published in 1949.   Pfitzer has built a partial replica of that shack for his one-man play about the life work of the author.    Hanging on the wall are old tools, like a two-man hand cut saw.    There is a cast iron pot on the floor and a bench that looks like the one that Aldo Leopold built for his cabin in the woods.

Pfitzer has created an hour-long play based on the work of Aldo Leopold.    Pfitzer will perform his play on Thursday, May 31st at Barking Legs Theatre.  Chattanooga favorite Butch Ross will open the show with an acoustic set of new songs from his forth coming CD.    Pfitzer will also travel to Bonaroo Festival for two performances the following weekend.

Jim Pfitzer

Here’s more from the press release:

Aldo Leopold– A Standard of Change
A New One-man Show by Jim Pfitzer
with Special Guest Butch Ross
THURS, May 31 @ 7 pm
$10 at the door

Don’t miss the final performance of Jim’s new show before it hits Bonnaroo!

Jim Pfitzer is best known for his personal storytelling that has been called “old fashioned and avant-garde at the same time.” Tonight’s play, Aldo Leopold – A Standard of Change , takes Pfitzer out of his usual role, casting him as the lone character in his first endeavor as playwright. Set in one evening in and around his famous Wisconsin Shack, Aldo Leopold–A Standard of Change explores the influences and challenges that led Leopold to penning his beloved book A Sand County Almanac.

More on Jim Pfitzer at

Special guest Butch Ross, accompanied by an acoustic band, will be previewing selections from his forthcoming album “People, Places, Things.” Long before Butch was well-known in folk and dulcimer communities for his innovation and virtuosity on the Mountain Dulcimer, he was being compared to Woody Guthrie and James McMurtry for his wistful and richly detailed songs. Butch’s new work showcases his immense talent as a storytelling songwriter.

More on Butch Ross at

Doors open at 6:30

Show begins promptly at 7:00

Listen to the story with Jim Pfitzer:


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