CCBC and Maryland Humanities bring history to life with “Chautauqua 2017: Voices from the Great War (WWI)” July 7-9, 2017

Jun 07, 2017 | by Jacquie Lucy | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.761.2482 (cell)

July 7 (Gen. John Pershing), July 8 (W.E.B. DuBois), July 9 (President Woodrow Wilson) at CCBC Catonsville

Baltimore County, MD – For the 14th year the Community College of Baltimore County and Maryland Humanities are teaming up to bring “Chautauqua” to the Baltimore Metropolitan region. Chautauqua offers a unique format that brings a different historical character portrayed by a different scholar/actor to the stage each evening. This year that will result in three different accounts of the “Great War-WWI.” This format also allows the audience to listen to and ask questions of both the historical character and the scholar/actor who portrays him .

“We are really excited about this year’s Chautauqua, ‘Voices from the Great War,’ which is in conjunction with the Maryland Humanities’ commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I in April 1917,” remarks Patti Crossman, chair of Performing Arts and Humanities at CCBC and coordinator of Chautauqua at CCBC Catonsville.

Chautauqua 2017: Voices from the Great War will be held in the Center for the Arts Theatre at CCBC Catonsville at 800 South Rolling Road. Performances start each evening at 7 p.m. with music of the period performed by Dan Lewis, a CCBC Music faculty member. When the historical character takes the stage, he addresses the audience and then responds to questions from them. The scholar/actor then steps out of character and tells the audience how he researched the person for his portrayal and answers any questions and responds to audience comments.

Due to the generosity of Maryland Humanities’ sponsors, Chautauqua remains free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. The Center for the Arts Theatre at CCBC Catonsville is air-conditioned and fully accessible. Free parking is available.

Schedule of Chautauqua 2017: Voices from the Great War:
  • Friday, July 7: General John J. Pershing (1860 -1948), shares his experiences in WWI as the commander of the American Expeditionary Force on the Western Front, portrayed by Doug Mishler.

  • Saturday, July 8: William Edward Burghardt (W.E.B.) Du Bois (1868 - 1963), a sociologist, author, historian, and prominent Civil Rights activist of the early 20th Century, who became the spokesperson for African-Americans, shares his thoughts on America at war. He will be portrayed by Bill Grimmette.

  • Sunday, July 9: Thomas Woodrow Wilson (1856 - 1924), the 28th President of the United States, will take the stage to discuss why he asked the US Congress to declare war on Germany in April of 1917, signaling our entry into this war. He will be portrayed by Judd Bankert.
If you want more information about “Chautauqua 2017: Voices from the Great War,” visit the Maryland Humanities website atww.mdhumanities.org/programs/chautauqua.

Credit: Illustrations by Tom Chalkley, Baltimore, MD

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Illustration of General John Pershing W.E.B. DuBois President Woodrow Wilson