Gunpowder Joe

Gunpowder Joe

Hounded out of his native England, Joseph Priestley hoped to secure a sanctuary along the banks of the Susquehanna. Would this refugee find America, that great experiment, to be the true democracy he had championed from across the sea? Would he finally be free to pursue his religion, his science, and his political beliefs in this new “land of liberty?”

Controversy continued to swirl around him.  Revolutionary comrades turned into bitter political opponents when it came time to actually govern the country they founded. The immigrant Priestley was drawn into the vortex of America’s first major crisis. “Freedom of Speech” had yet to be tested, and Priestley’s admirers John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were engaged in a deeply polarized debate over the fate of our fledgling nation.

This staged reading is written by Anthony Clarvoe and directed by Kirsten Brandt. Tickets are required, but free, and can be reserved at the San Jose Stage Company website. Free tickets will also be available at the Hammer box office before the reading.

Date/Time
Date(s) - 12/05/2017
7:00 pm

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Location
Hammer Theatre

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Hounded out of his native England, Joseph Priestley hoped to secure a sanctuary along the banks of the Susquehanna. Would this refugee find America, that great experiment, to be the true democracy he had championed from across the sea? Would he finally be free to pursue his religion, his science, and his political beliefs in this new “land of liberty?”

Controversy continued to swirl around him.  Revolutionary comrades turned into bitter political opponents when it came time to actually govern the country they founded. The immigrant Priestley was drawn into the vortex of America’s first major crisis. “Freedom of Speech” had yet to be tested, and Priestley’s admirers John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were engaged in a deeply polarized debate over the fate of our fledgling nation.

This staged reading is written by Anthony Clarvoe and directed by Kirsten Brandt. Tickets are required, but free, and can be reserved at the San Jose Stage Company website. Free tickets will also be available at the Hammer box office before the reading.