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Andre: A Play by William Dunlap

2021-02-27 Andre
02/27/21 —02/27/21

The Historical Society of Rockland County Invites You to Enjoy

André: A Play by William Dunlap
Performed by the Public Domain Players

When: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 1:00 pm
Where: Zoom online
Price: $FREE

by William Dunlap, a play about
the hanging of Major John André during the Revolutionary War, was the first very tragedy written by an American playwright about an American topic. Written in iambic pentameter verse, the play is set in Tappan in 1780 and was first performed in 1798. It takes a sympathetic look at Major John André, who sought to die a soldier’s death by being shot instead of a death by hanging, which was the sentence imposed on common criminals.

The Historical Society of Rockland County is proud to co-sponsor this exploration of a little-known play about an important part of Rockland County history by the Public Domain Players of Nyack's Elmwood Playhouse.

The performance of André is coordinated by Derek Tarson. The cast includes Dan Held (General Washington), Ralph Bowers (M'Donald), Derek Tarson (Seward), John Huston (Major André), Aaron Newcome (Capt. Bland), Ari Spence (Melville), Arthur Chill (British Officer), James O'Neill (American Officer), Madeline Clark (First Child), Dylan Marvin (Second Child), Rich Ciero (American Sergeant and Servant), Kathy DiBiasi (Mrs. Bland), and Pauline Quinones (Honora Sneyd). Stage directions are by Rich Ciero.

The performance will begin at 1:00 pm SHARP on Saturday, February 27, 2021. The Zoom link is:
Meeting ID: 880 4822 3427
Passcode: Tappan

About the producers: Elmwood Playhouse has been in continuous existence as a community theater in Nyack since 1947 and has been producing plays at 10 Park Street in Nyack since 1957. Though now temporarily shuttered due to the pandemic, Elmwood ordinarily produces six major productions a year and seeks to provide opportunities for creative expression, to reflect the diverse voices of our community, to collaborate with other local organizations, and to engage audience members now and into the future. The Public Domain Players, a relatively new division of Elmwood, conducts readings (now by Zoom) of plays in the public domain, for which there is no longer copyright protection. The focus is on presenting plays that probably were well known long ago, but are less so now, as a reminder of how we can learn from our history and how plays written long ago can still be relevant today.





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