June 14-23, 2019All Day
Get ready to laugh, cry and flat out have a great time at this ten-day – two-weekend festival of non-stop live history and fun for the whole family. 30 shows and more performed in costume by nationally acclaimed historical interpreters. And the shows are FREE! (Nominal fee in Asheville.)
Step back in time and join the Revolution. Meet these revolutionary people – hear their stories – ask them how their world changed.
• Duel wits with ALEXANDER HAMILTON
• Debate democracy with ANDREW JACKSON
• Witness the end of Camelot with JACKIE KENNEDY
• Struggle for human rights with MALCOLM X
• And like HAMILTON’S WOMEN (Schuyler Sisters Angelica, Eliza & Peggy) – be a part of the story.
There’s nothing like the experience outdoors under the Chautauqua tent or in a beautiful park on a summer evening. But if you like your Chautauqua experience indoors in air-conditioned comfort, we have that, too.
There will be great story-telling, lots to laugh about, and deep secrets revealed. You’ll laugh – you’ll cry – you’ll have lots of questions. And they’ll be answered. Bring your stories. Share your experiences. Get inspired. Because it’s not just history – it’s personal.
Shows at various venues in Greenville, Travelers Rest, Fountain Inn, Pelzer and Spartanburg, SC and Asheville and Brevard NC
Ian Rose (Alexander Hamilton) – Philadelphia, PA
Ian has interpreted historical figures since 1994 for presenters such as History First Hand and American Historical Theatre. For the past 15 years he has portrayed Alexander Hamilton across the United States at venues such as Valley Forge, Washington’s Crossing, the New York Historical Society, Federal Hall and Hamilton’s home, the Grange, in New York City. Father afield, Ian has portrayed General Hamilton at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in California, argued Constitutional cases before “The People’s Court” Judge Marilyn Milian in New York City, as well as in presentations for the State Department, before the actual Constitution at the National Archives and at the White House.
Ian has appeared as Col. Hamilton in the documentaries: First Faith, Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton, and Fractured Union for Mount Vernon. Ian is a graduate of Western Illinois University and a veteran of many Shakespeare Festivals.
Larry Bounds (Andrew Jackson) – Greer, SC
Larry Bounds is magic. Since 1973 he has appeared as a professional magician – including eight years with Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, three years on the stage of a Kentucky theme park, as well as, manager of magic shops in Atlanta and presenter of thousands of public performances. Since 1988 he has magically made English interesting for high school students and is known as one of Greenville’s most influential educators. Since 2002 Larry has magically transformed himself into different figures from American history for the Greenville Chautauqua stage. He has been Einstein, Churchill, Disney, Davy Crockett, and, of course, Harry Houdini. Larry holds a BA in Theater and an MS in Education from University of Tennessee.
Darrick Johnson (Malcolm X) – Capitol Heights, MD
In 2007 Darrick was chosen to portray Malcolm X in the stage play, The Meeting, a fictionalized drama which questions: what would happen had Malcolm X and Martin L. King joined forces. Darrick’s resemblance to Malcolm X and his resonance with the Malcolm X story was so profound that he developed a one-man show. And he has been telling Brother Malcolm’s story ever since. Actor, playwright, poet and author, Darrick Johnson, uses his creative talents to teach through the creative arts – to enlighten, educate and entertain. He is an advocate for change and his is a voice of hope and encouragement. He’s the Artistic Director of “By any Means Edu-tainment” featuring artists who use their creative talents to challenge and stimulate minds in hopes of influencing and transforming lives. He has written, directed and starred in In the Name of Love, and Same Goal Different View Love is Revolutionary
Leslie Goddard, Ph.D. (Jackie Kennedy and the Hamilton Women, the Schuyler Sisters) – Chicago, IL
Leslie Goddard is an award-winning actress and scholar who has been presenting history lectures and portraying famous women in history for more than ten years. Each year, she presents more than 250 programs, appearing at public libraries, museums and historic homes, professional associations, colleges and universities, and corporations.
A resident of the Chicago area, she holds both a master’s degree in theater and a doctorate in American studies and women’s history. A former museum director, she is the author of two books on Chicago history and currently works full-time as a public speaker, living-history presenter, and author.