Want to hear George Washington speak? Well, you might have a problem hearing America’s first President speak because he lived over 200 years ago. But, fret not Washington fans, for he lives again through actor Carl Closs, who will play Washington in The Deane Center’s History Comes Alive series. The event will be held November 11th at 7:30PM at the Coolidge Theater on Main Street in Wellsboro. The full press release is below:
WELLSBORO–: The Deane Center’s History Comes Alive series will end with Carl Closs of Kennett Square, Pa. portraying George Washington on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.
Washington is America’s first President serving over 200 years ago from 1789 to 1797; Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army from 1775 to 1783 during the American Revolutionary War, and a Founding Father. His impact on our country and the world is so immense that it has been the subject of thousands of books, movies and doctoral dissertations. Washington’s selflessness, sound judgment, moderation and “steady hand at the wheel” allowed America’s fragile republic to rise to greatness in the decades that followed and become a beacon of liberty for people around the globe.
A former educator and business executive, Closs has dedicated his retirement years to helping children and adults discover the real George Washington. For 19 years, he has traveled from coast to coast as Washington’s living biographer. His portrayal goes much deeper than simply donning a uniform. Closs is a serious scholar and lively speaker who delights audiences with little-known, instructive and entertaining facts about Washington that skillfully draw strong parallels between the way Washington responded to difficult challenges in the 18th century and the situations Americans face today.
It took years of exploring the lives of the Founding Fathers before Closs fully understood why Washington emerged as the leader among leaders. America’s other Founding Fathers were all better educated than Washington, who had no formal schooling, yet he was the one they repeatedly selected to be the leader.
Closs sees Washington as America’s greatest president. Not only did Washington agree to lead the new, fragile democracy but had virtues not often seen in today’s politicians: honesty, humility, integrity, strong dedication to principle and devotion to a cause he was willing to die for. Washington believed deeply in Divine Providence, that God guided him and the other Founding Fathers to pursue a sacred cause: liberty.
Washington is the only nonpartisan president America has ever had. He never belonged to a political party because he thought that politicians who did would soon be more concerned about what is good for the party rather than what is good for the country. He also believed in compromise. The Founding Fathers found a way to work together in stark contrast to what happens in Washington, D.C. and many state capitals today.
Admission is $15 for adults, $12