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Due Process: Hiram Bebee, Alias The Sundance Kid — The Play

DueProcessLOGOby Shirlee Hurst Shields

Based on a True Story

Who was the Sundance Kid?

The play is about justice on three levels. One: the ‘told’ story of the townespeople who witnessed the murder of their Marshal and their resulting vigilante justice; Two: the ‘justice unto himself’ of Hiram Bebee (The Sundance Kid), a self-styled philosopher who interpreted the law his own way; Three: the story of the court appointed lawyer who must adjudicate between the two and serve justice according to the ethics of his profession. The origin of Bebee’s moniker, ‘The Sundance Kid’ is revealed along with his times with Butch Cassidy, the Wild Bunch and their South American Odyssey. His love affair with Etta Place, who became his common-law wife and died on the Utah Prison steps after a visit. This historically accurate play reveals much more completely, the story of Hiram Bebee, The Sundance Kid, because of the information available only to the author, as her late father-in-law defended Bebee and is the model for the lawyer in this play.  All of us are guilty of unfairly judging strangers or someone who ‘looks’ different than we do. This play also propounds something that our modern society has all but over-looked: that a man or woman is “presumed innocent until proven guilty.” Plus, the audience will serve as the Jury.  Order # 3073


The author of this play has had access to information that no other biographer, playwright or screenwriter has ever had, being the daughter of the man who was assigned to defend Hiram Be Bee. Papers and journal were culled for unique information that, once adapted to dramatic form, would make this play stand out from all other accounts.


  • Multi-level setting
  • Period Costumes: 1945 & 1890
  • 13M 4W
  • About 2 hours
  • Order # 3073

Available for ALL producing groups.


  • The PERUSAL PAGES file for Due Process are available by clicking DueProcessPERUSAL. The PDF file is the first act of the play and all other pertinent information about the play.
  • EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include a contact name and phone number.


(Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us (not the one on your PayPal account?), email us. CDs will be mailed to a snail mail address. Do not purchase rehearsal materials or pay for royalties until you have performance clearance.)

  • Script in PDF format — Order #3073a : $25.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)

  • First Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3073d : $75

  • Second Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3073e : $65

  • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application
  • EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include a contact name and phone number.


  • Babcock Performing Readers, University of Utah — 2010
  • PREMIERE at Babcock Performing Readers, University of Utah — 1998


The following is how the credits should read in all programs, posters, fliers, handbills and other promotional advertising for the show:

Hiram Be Bee,
Alias The Sundance Kid
The True Story

a play by
Shirlee Hurst Shields


NOTE: The names of the Playwright(s), Composer, Lyricist, and Bookwriter shall be equal in size, type, coloring, boldness, and prominence. No billing shall appear in type larger or more prominent than the billing to the Authors except for the title of the play. (In a press release all type, will of course, be the same size.)


DUE PROCESS: Hiram BeBee — Alias the Sundance Kid is presented through special arrangement with Leicester Bay Theatricals.  All authorized materials are also supplied by LBT,”

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