Storyteller Jon Spelman
Update February 4: 'Becoming Harriet' starts tonight and runs through the weekend and Gail Westerfield has written a lengthy preview for The Island Packet.
If you're on the fence, take a read of it here.
February 4-5, 2011, 8pm; February 6, 3pm, in the black box theater at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center.
First reporting: Four performers are interpreting four amazing figures from U.S. history in the new year, bringing to life the stories of Abe Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, Ben Franklin, and Frederick Douglass.
Come out and enjoy these grand tales of struggle, progress, and humanity at ARTworks.
January 21 - Jon Spelman, Master Storyteller - "Tales of the Lincoln"
Created for Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site in Washington, DC, Spelman tells stories by and about the unknown Abraham Lincoln, as told by Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy: young Abe, Lincoln as President, and Lincoln’s death. January 21, 2011, 8pm, in the black box theater at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center.
February 4-6 - "Harriet Tubman" one-woman show with Natalie Daise
Using grace and blazing insight, Daise enacts stories of the incomparable and mythic Harriet Tubman. The synergy is breathtaking as the 21st Century career artist-educator takes on the 19th Century activist-humanitarian: what motivates a woman? What are the consequences? How do we all persevere? February 4-5, 2011, 8pm; February 6, 3pm, in the black box theater at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center.
February 18-20 - "Ben Speaks" one-man show with Steve Nousen as Benjamin Franklin
Ben Speaks presents unique interactive programs in which 21st Century audiences are invited to engage in conversation with Dr. Franklin. Nationally-known speaker Steve Nousen gets you as close to spending time with Franklin as humanly possible. Using his vast knowledge of the life and times of Benjamin Franklin, Steve engages audiences in lively dialogue using the wit and wisdom of our most important Founding Father. February 18-19, 2011, 8pm; February 20, 3pm, in the black box theater at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center.
February 25-27 - "Frederick Douglass" one-man show with Whitfield Sims, Jr.
Whitfield Sims, Jr. is an actor, writer, and creative director for Creative Arts Development based in Charleston and former director of the youth company of Black Spectrum Theatre in New York. Combined with the drama of Douglass' drive for abolition and fiery skills as an orator, "you will find an artist who takes pride in possessing the soul of characters portrayed" into outward believability, not only in the historical figure of Douglass, but of the equality for which he fought. February 25-26, 2011, 8pm; February 27, 3pm, in the black box theater at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center.
$15 per person, $10 for students (13+), $5 for children (12 & under) $10 for groups of 10 or more. 843-379-2787 and online at www.ArtWorksInBeaufort.org.