Seeking Justice

May 24, 2018

Explore the pursuit of justice onstage at Chautauqua 2018

CCBC’s Performing Arts and Humanities, in partnership with Maryland Humanities, brings history to life this summer for Chautauqua 2018: Seeking Justice, July 13 - 15. All Chautauqua performances begin at 7 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Theatre at CCBC Catonsville, 800 S. Rolling Road.

Maryland Humanities celebrates its 24th Chautauqua performance season by hosting “conversations with historical figures,” showcasing their contributions to the pursuit of justice in the United States. Chautauqua offers a unique format that features three historical characters portrayed by scholars/actors. Each actor will present a detailed account of his or her historical figure’s vision for a just society. CCBC has hosted Chautauqua for the past 14 years.

Chautauqua 2018 Schedule:
  • July 13 – Abolitionist, orator and writer Frederick Douglass is portrayed by Bill Grimmette.
  • July 14 – First Lady, humanitarian and diplomat Eleanor Roosevelt is portrayed by Susan Marie Frontczak.
  • July 15 – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall is portrayed by Brian Anthony Wilson in an excerpt from the George Stevens, Jr. play, Thurgood.

In Chautauqua performances, scholar-actors appear in costume and address the audience as the historical figure and then answer questions as that person. The actor later steps out of character to discuss the historical figure’s relevance today. The Thurgood Marshall performance will be followed by a dialogue with Lenneal Henderson, an internationally recognized scholar who brought Marshall to life in the 2010 Maryland Humanities Chautauqua tour. Performances start each evening with music of the period performed by CCBC Music faculty member Dan Lewis.

Thanks to the generous support of Maryland Humanities’ sponsors, Chautauqua is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. The venue is air-conditioned, fully accessible and parking is free.

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Artwork Credit: Illustrations by Tom Chalkley, Baltimore, MD

Tags: Theatre, Performing Arts, Community

Illustration by Tom Chalkley for the Chautauqua 2018 event