St. James’ Episcopal Church, Sonora will be the setting for a new dramatic play. The highly respected local playwright, Rick Foster, will premiere his latest work “Abolition” with 9 performances in July and August.
The play dramatizes the sometimes stormy friendship between John Brown and Frederick Douglass, two lions of the abolition movement. They first met in the Free Church of Springfield Mass, in the fall of 1847. Playwright Foster says he’s delighted that in this premiere the two will now meet in another socially conscious church, the historic Red Church of Sonora, which incidentally was built the same year that John Brown was martyred while trying to free the slaves of Virginia.
Like many of the plays by Rick Foster the subject is based on social conflict or problems. “Abolition” explores the greatest social problem this country ever faced and indeed many of the residual effects from the conflict are with us still.
This play brings into focus the differing perspectives of these two important men and a refreshing view of a pivotal period in our nation’s history.
A Cultural Event
An Open Bridge to Understanding
July 26 – 28, August 2 – 4, August 9 – 11
Thursday & Friday 7pm
More details coming in future Friday Reflections!