The Sullivan County Historical Society Presents
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Critically acclaimed new play “LION OF ANACOSTIA: The Final Interview of Frederick Douglass” will be presented as a reading at the Sullivan County Museum in Hurleyville on Sunday July 2nd at 2pm. The play premiered in Monticello during Black History month in Feb 2017 and was well received as a reading at the Crawford Library in Monticello. The Sullivan County Historical Society has scheduled a repeat performance to coincide with Douglass’ famous “Fourth of July” oration of 1852.
This story explores the unique friendship of two Historical Legends: Frederick Douglass and activist Susan B. Anthony from the Abolition Era before the Civil War and through the Women’s Suffragette Movement of the late 19th Century. In addition, it explores the life of Frederick Douglass, his rise from slavery to statesman and his unique bond with historical figures of his time especially John Brown and Abraham Lincoln.
The cast includes Screen Actor Guild-AFTRA members G. Oliver King as Frederick A. Douglass, Regina Yeager-Drouse as Susan B. Anthony and Gregory F. Giblin as the News reporter Tom O’Brien. King has said “He is honored and humbled to explore Douglass’ great compassion for his fellow man as well as his greatest fears. Susan B Anthony’s unique life has challenged Yeager-Drouse to show young women that Anthony was more than just a face on a Gold Dollar. Actor/ Playwright Giblin, who worked for 5 years researching this project, was “amazed at the depth and quality of this intelligent and self-educated man.”
A local reporter reviewed the February show and wrote, “This performance of ‘Lion of Anacostia’ brought to life... Douglass’ words with tremendous passion.” In addition, “…the often combative friendship between Susan B. Anthony and Douglass is well portrayed and insightful.”
This is a “must-see” performance is appropriate for young adults on up and will be extremely informative for students of Women’s Studies, Social Studies, American History, International Studies, Journalism, Political Reform, Democracy and Socialism, and lovers of quality theatre. It should be noted that this performance is done in Readers Theatre format and was directed by Nationally recognized director Jeffrey Stocker.
"Lion of Anacostia” will be performed at the Sullivan County Museum and Cultural Center, 265 Main Street, Hurleyville, NY to benefit the Sullivan County Historical Society on July 2, 2017 at 2:00 PM. The suggested donation at the door will be $10 per person. The presentation will be followed by a Question and Answer discussion with the playwright and actors. Light refreshments will be provided.
Please call the museum if you have any questions - 845-434-8044.