CCBC and Maryland Humanities bring history to life at Chautauqua 2018: Seeking Justice, July 13-15

Jun 06, 2018 | by Terri Charles | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.202.0017 (cell)

July 13 (Frederick Douglass); July 14 (Eleanor Roosevelt); July 15 (Thurgood Marshall) at CCBC Catonsville

Baltimore County, MD — Community College of Baltimore County Performing Arts and Humanities, in partnership with Maryland Humanities, presents Chautauqua 2018: Seeking Justice, July 13-15, at the Center for the Arts Theatre, 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.

“We are proud to partner with Maryland Humanities for our 14th year to bring Chautauqua to local audiences with its unique theatrical, educational and interactive history lessons,” said Patti Crossman, chair of Performing Arts and Humanities at CCBC and coordinator of Chautauqua at CCBC Catonsville. “This year’s justice theme remains topical today, as the pursuit of life, liberty and justice for all are at the very core of our nation’s founding and are vital to every generation thereafter.”

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 Dan Lewis, a CCBC Music faculty member.

“We are delighted return to CCBC Catonsville for Chautauqua this year,” says Phoebe Stein, executive director at Maryland Humanities. “Our partnership with CCBC continues to thrive, and we look forward to bringing this trio of pioneering historical figures to audiences in Baltimore County.”

Chautauqua 2018 Schedule (All performances are at 7 p.m.):

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 1874, Chautauqua (pronounced “Shuh-TAW-Kwa”) began as an education movement near the Chautauqua Lake in upstate New York. It was started by a Methodist minister and a businessman as a summer retreat and later became a source of adult education with lectures on politics, economics, literature, science and religion for local communities nationwide. In Maryland, the tradition dates back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when Chautauqua events took place at Mountain Lake Park in Garrett County, Glen Echo Park in Montgomery County, Allegany Grove in Allegany County, and Elkton and Rising Sun in Cecil County.

Due to the generosity of Maryland Humanities’ sponsors — Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences and Old Line Bank — 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. Parking is free.

For more information about Chautauqua 2018: Seeking Justice, visit the Maryland Humanities website, 

Artwork Credit: Illustration by Tom Chalkley, Baltimore, MD


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About Maryland Humanities
Maryland Humanities is a statewide nonprofit organization that creates and supports educational experiences in the humanities that inspire all Marylanders to embrace lifelong learning, exchange ideas openly, and enrich their communities. For more information, visit Maryland Humanities is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Maryland, private foundations, corporations, small businesses, and individual donors.
Illustration of Chautauqua 2018 by Tom Chalkley