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Philadelphia, PA 19103
In 1842, Charles Dickens insisted that his wife Catherine accompany him on a six-months journey to America. He recorded for publication his observations and impressions of the new republic, not altogether flattering. Catherine didn't speak publicly about her experience—until now. Staged reading.
Sept 10+11 in Room 108; Sept 12 in Main Auditorium.
The Philadelphia Free library Rare Books Department is hosting this theatrical exploration of Charles Dickens' complicated association with the United States of America and with his wife Catherine. This staged reading of Paint the American Eagle is Directed by Dan Hodge, and produced by One Shot Productions, a company formed by playwright Reuben Wade. Development of Paint the American Eagle began in 2009 and Dan Hodge directed three performances last year that featured Zura Johnson, Steven Wright and Miriam White. This collaboration with the Free Library for the Fringe is a natural, as the Rare Books Department continues its very successful 2012 program A Year Of Dickens celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens, 07 February 1812. Rare Books Department head, Janine Pollack, and her staff have worked hard to put together their impressive exhibits and events highlighting the author who still is read widely and who is being honored all over the world this year. The theatrical company is excited to have an opportunity to add a bit of spice to the celebration with this staged reading. There were many who expressed appreciation for Paint the American Eagle after seeing the production last year and we are happy to report that our historian friend, Mara Cherkasky from Washington D.C. wrote, “I loved the play and am very happy I stayed to see it...As soon as I can get to the library, I’m going to read Dickens’ American Notes.” That’s a response we want to encourage.