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A three-play sampler by Robert F. Benjamin was performed for the Brown Bag at Fuller Lodge on June 5.
The act was not a group of skits, but rather an interactive theater experience where Benjamin answered audience questions, mainly about what the inspiration for each piece was. Beth Kennedy Jones was on board to cast the actors and direct the stories.
The first play sample, was titled “Treason,” a historical story about the first person who printed the Declaration of Independence in 1777 with all the signatures, who ironic for the times, was a woman. The script was decorated with both old fashioned and modern dialogue weaved together. The back and forth banter between the historically accurate Mary Katharine Goddard — played by Roxanne Tapia, and her male counterpart Edward — played by Warren Houghteling — were an appropriate male vs. female mix of opinions. Idea came from a talk about two years ago by Pat Schroeder, the former congresswoman from Colorado. She spoke of the influence of the “foremothers” of the country. Benjamin was intrigue by the history of Goddard and did some extended research. “The piece is based on history fact, but I threw in my own speculations and opinions,” he said.
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