The Michael J. Colligan History Project will be partnering with the Mad Anthony Theatre Company at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts to sponsor a series of three plays, each touching on different aspects of American history. In advance of these performances, the Colligan series Staging the Past comprises three original public events exploring the historical context for each play.
- Oct. 7, Everybody Wants to Be Sondheim, 7:30 p.m. Praised by the New York Daily News as “one of the most ingenious practitioners in his profession,” since 1979 Middletown native Larry Moore has worked in New York on musical theatre restoration, editing, orchestration, choral arranging and recording. The presentation considers Stephen Sondheim’s role in Larry Moore’s life, and reviews 40 years of American musical theatre. It will be presented ahead of Sondheim on Sondheim, “a funny, affectionate and revealing tribute to musical theater’s greatest living composer and lyricist in his own words and music,” to be staged at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts October 15-18.
- Feb. 9, Henry Ford: Fit to a “T”, 7:30 p.m. In 1932, union vs. management confrontations are on the rise, unemployment rampant, and communism and fascism appear viable. Henry Ford, who put the world on wheels, thinks he has a solution. During this interactive play Ford will talk to car dealers about his past, about the new Ford V-8, and about the future of soybeans. This dramatic presentation will be performed by Hank Fincken, A National Theatre Company of One, Indianapolis, Indiana. It occurs ahead of Camping with Henry and Tom, a “witty, elegant, and enormously entertaining” exploration of the friendship, politics and leadership of Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Warren G. Harding, to be staged at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts February 18-21, 2016.
- May 5, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, & the Lost (?) Generation, 7:30 p.m. Donald A. Daiker, Miami University Professor Emeritus of English, will examine Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s love-hate relationship that began the moment they met in 1925 at the Dingo Bar in Paris. Fitzgerald proved to be the more generous friend but Hemingway the more successful writer, in part thanks to Fitzgerald’s help. Both rejected the lost generation tag, but both helped to create, perpetuate, glamorize, and even live it. This presentation precedesScott and Hem, a drama about the cost of love, friendship and the price of being a writer, a rambling 1937 conversation between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway in Hollywood, to be staged at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts May 12-15, 2016.
- The Michael J. Colligan History Project is a partnership of the Colligan Fund Committee of the Hamilton Community Foundation and Miami University Hamilton. Its goals are bringing the past to life, creating historical thinking, and building community identity. For more information call (513) 785-3277 or visit www.colliganproject.org.
The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is located at 101 S Monument Ave in Hamilton. Colligan Project programs are free and open to the public. The Fitton Center Box Office can be reached at (513) 863-8873.