An evening with FDR at the Garfield

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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.

BOB CHAUNCEY

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