The Gaston Lecture Series at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) will present Churchill: A One-Man Play by Andrew Edlin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25. The performance is free and no tickets are required, thanks to the generous support of the Gaston Lecture Series endowment. The show will be presented in the Ed Coulter Performing Arts Center at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center on the campus of ASUMH.
Andrew Edlin is best known for his portrayal of Sir Winston Churchill in the play Churchill, which he authored. The most frequent and compelling response from audiences is “I was inspired.” The play opens as Big Ben strikes ten, and the first of many overhead images, and a BBC broadcast, set the scene that Sir Winston Churchill, aged 80, is pondering in his bunker: “to go or not to go” as Prime Minister. Churchill decides what to do based on his experiences, and so he reviews his life from the beginning: his socialite mother, his cold father, unhappy school years, and his army career. He compellingly describes combat experience in Cuba, Africa, India and then Europe in World War I, becoming ever more at the center of events as a member of Parliament. As World War II approaches, Churchill the orator in the House of Commons, warns, and then leads, the free world against Hitler.
In addition to Churchill, Edlin has performed in over 30 stage productions. In 2012, he produced and co-directed his abridgment of Shakespeare’s King Lear, in which he played the title role. Edlin was born in Brighton, England. He was educated at Cranleigh School, Surrey, and went on to Magdalen College, Oxford University, where he received a scholarship in history. He graduated with degrees in psychology and philosophy. Edlin moved to the United States in 1990. He has two grown children and lives with his wife, Tena, in Fairfield, Iowa.
Jim and Jill Gaston endowed the ASUMH Gaston Lecture Series in 1997 to challenge individuals to think, reason and learn. The Gaston Lectures, which are held each fall and spring semester at ASUMH, will forever serve as a reminder of their generosity.
For more information, contact Christy Keirn at (870) 508-6109.April 21, 2017 10:15:00 AM