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Hofstra University
Center for Civic Engagement
the Hofstra Cultural Center
and the
Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

present

Democracy in Performance 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

in conjunction with the 2012 Presidential Debate at Hofstra University

American democracy comes to life on our campus as student and professional actors, dancers and musicians create a series of performances that highlight pivotal moments in our nation’s history. A variety of events will explore immigration, workers’ issues, the Great Depression, the struggle for the abolition of slavery and voting and civil rights, and the concerns and treatment of veterans.

Middle and high school classes studying American history and social issues are especially encouraged to attend.

Performances primarily take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., indoors and outdoors.

Typically, classes will be able to attend 2 to 3 performances.

Seating is limited. Save the date, make your reservation, and book your buses now!

All events are free and open to the general public.

Online registration and descriptions of individual events coming shortly.


Democracy in Performance Schedule of Events

Classes will be guided to the venues they choose. Each class should choose 2-3 events.

Tent space will be provided from 11:15 onwards for a lunch break but students may bring and eat lunch at any of the outdoor venues.  Most events are outside though the tents have side flaps in case of rain.

9:05 a.m  1 Slave and Free: The Story of Sojourner Truth
Annette Grevious as Sojourner Truth
Special Guests: Performers from Claflin University, Orangeburg, South Carolina
Location: Adams Playhouse      

10:00 a.m.
-11:05 a.m.

2 Escaped Slaves' Stories and the Fight for Abolition


Melissa Edwards as Pinky, a slave; Shakirah DeMesier as Harriet Tubman and Lamar K. Cheston as Henry Box Brown

Location: Tent

3 Tales from the Great Depression


Suzan King as
Eleanor Roosevelt
w/ Frances Perkins
& other voices of the Great Depression

Location: Tent

4 The Promised Land: Immigration to America

Kate Carney as Mary Antin, author, The Promised Land: Italian letters to/from America

Location: Tent

5 A Century of Struggle:
Votes for Women


Sally Matson as
Susan B. Anthony
w/ Alice Paul and
Lucy Stone

Location: Tent

11:15 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.

6 Democracy Dance
Project 2012


HS Dance Contest
Winners, Hofstra dancers and professionals  take on important social issues through dance.

Location: Adams
Playhouse

7 Veterans United for their Rights: The Bonus Army

During the Great
Depression, WWI
Veterans marched
across America to
claim their rights

Original play by Isaac Rathbone

Location: New
Academic Building
Theatre

8 Workers: Tragedy and Triumph
Triangle Factory Fire & Bread & Roses Strike


Lulu LoLo as Rose
Schneiderman,
Annie Lanzilotto
as various and Mary Anne Trasciatti as Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

Location: Tent

9 Civil Rights and the birth of the NAACP

Charles Pace as W.E.B DuBois and John Anderson as William Faulkner

Location: Tent

12:50 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

10 Resistance to Jim Crow through poetry and music


Jazz pianist
Dave Lalama & co.

Poetry performed by
Lamar K. Cheston

Location: Cultural Center Theater

CANCELED
11 Tales from the Great Depression (repeat of 2)


Suzan King as
Eleanor Roosevelt
w/ Frances Perkins
& other voices of the Great Depression

Location: Tent

12 Child Labor in the
Progressive Era

Roberta Crisson as Mother Jones who fought for child labor laws and
James W. Foote as  Theodore Roosevelt
Location: Tent

13 JFK and the
 Struggle for Civil Rights


Mike Lowe as John Fitzgerald Kennedy &
Freedom Summer
Special appearance:
John D. Anderson as William Faulkner

Location: Tent

2:55 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.

Civil Rights and the Birth of the NAACP

Charles Pace as W.E.B DuBois and John Anderson as William Faulkner

Location: Tent

Veterans United for their Rights: The Bonus Army

During the Great
Depression, WWI
Veterans marched
across America to
claim their rights

Original play by Isaac Rathbone

Location: New
Academic Building
Theatre

Workers: Tragedy and Triumph
Triangle Factory Fire and Bread & Roses Strike


Lulu LoLo as Rose
Schneiderman,
Annie Lanzilotto
as various and Mary Anne Trasciatti as Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

Location: Tent