An evening with FDR at the Garfield
CHESTERTOWN — The Hugh Gregory Gallagher Theatre Company presents “Inside Uncle Rosy’s White House: an Evening with Franklin Delano Roosevelt,” a “one night only” play at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Garfield Center for the Arts. The play stars Bob Chauncey as the nation’s 32nd president.
FDR’s role as a model for persons with disabilities has been debated for more than 60 years. He lost use of his legs to polio at age 39 and led the nation through the great depression of the 1930s and World War II from his wheelchair. But he prohibited photos of himself in a wheelchair or being lifted from his special train car.
The interactive monologue written by Carlton E. Spitzer and produced by the Hugh Gregory Gallagher Theatre invites the audience to talk with “the President,” focusing on FDR’s personal challenges and family life as well as his political campaigns and four terms as president. FDR shares stories of his family, his presidency, his humor and wit and his disability.
FDR will be portrayed by Bob Chauncey, who when he is not performing for HGG Theatre or other theater groups, teaches sociology courses to university students and consults with communities throughout the country on improving accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Hugh Gregory Gallagher Theatre raises awareness of disability issues and discrimination in our society through dramatizations of real-life and fictionalized experiences, telling the stories of persons with physical, developmental and mental disabilities and others discriminated against based on race, and ethnic origin.
The goal is to help reduce prejudice and stigma through theater. Learn more about HGGT by visiting hggtheatre.com
Tickets for “Inside Uncle Rosy’s White House” are $15 general admission and $5 for students. They can be purchased online at www.garfieldcenter.org or by calling 410810-2060. The Garfield Center for the Arts is located at 210 High Street in Chestertown.