09 July 2008

A Unique Event

I just received—and accepted—a most interesting speaking invitation for next week. The venue is a “history based theatrical work” in Manassas, Virginia known as the “Gray Ghost Theatre Company.” According to their website the “Gray Ghost Theatre Company supports Education and Historic Preservation through the Arts.”

Mr. Ken Elston, who is the Assistant Professor and Artistic Director at Gray Ghost, (as well as a professor at George Mason University), wrote that: “We are currently asking friends of the company and of the idea of supporting history through preservation and education to conduct short pre-show talks. We have talks concerning Mosby, faith and the war, and I am interested in having at least one focused on slavery and the old south.”

My “pre-show talk” will be short—15 to 20 minutes—and the focus will be on Jackson’s Sunday school class for Lexington’s slaves and free blacks. My remarks will precede the performance which begins at 8:00 PM. This production is held in an outside theater somewhat like Rockbridge County's Lime Kiln. I am very much looking forward to this unique opportunity and will report on the experience afterwards.

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