“One cannot really understand American history without understanding the role played by John Brown,” says actor and writer Norman Thomas Marshall. He will perform a one-man play, “John Brown: Trumpet of Freedom,” based on the 19th-century abolitionist’s life, on Saturday, February 29, at 2 p.m. at the Guilford Free Library, 67 Park St., Guilford.
Marshall plays more than 30 characters in the play, including such diverse personalities as Harriet Tubman and the notorious slaveowner J.E.B. Stuart. Marshall co-authored the work with George Wolf Reily, who also directed this performance. They have been developing and fine-tuning the play over the past 20 years as it has toured the country.
One critic wrote, “Norman Marshall single-handedly brings John Brown and a swarming host of his contemporaries to vivid, full-blooded life in this powerful, passionate and richly rewarding work.”
Marshall won the prestigious Gold Medal for Drama for his portrayal of John Brown in the 2019 National Veterans Creative Arts Competition, sponsored by the Department of Veteran Affairs.
The Friends of the Library is sponsoring this event, admission is free, and refreshments will be provided.