A Visit with Thomas Paine
A firebrand who traveled the world to speak out against injustice, Paine wrote in Common Sense that “These are the times that try men’s souls.” His words inspired a tired and disheartened Colonial army of 4,500 to continue fighting against a British army that numbered 30,000. This radical’s writings include The Rights of Man, a work urging political rights for all men because of their innate equality, and The Age of Reason, a deist manifesto. The impassioned author championed the causes of the individual and of the mind, but his works made their author little money. Outspoken, controversial, articulate and committed to social equality, Bob Gleason’s Thomas Paine is certain to spark discussion and evoke spirited discussion. Step back into history as Bob Gleason portrays this Revolutionary figure for an evening of radical thoughts and famed oratory.
Bob Gleason was trained in Theater by performing in 60+ productions at West Chester University. A member of the Army’s Special Services Chorus, he shared his three-octave vocal talents as a goodwill ambassador touring the US and Germany. Since 1991, Bob Gleason has been the American Historical Theatre’s “go to guy” – If you need it, Bob can do it! Over the years, Mr. Gleason has been featured at the White House Visitor’s Center, Ford’s Theatre, the National Archives, the Library of Congress, the Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, Constitution Hall, the National Constitution Center, Independence Hall, Mask & Wig, Elder Hostels, Bartram’s Garden, Betsy Ross’ House, the General Warren Inn, and the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge. Bob has been especially popular at schools, museums, historic sites and libraries throughout the United States. In-depth historical research and audience interactivity have become hallmarks of Mr. Gleason’s historical portrayals. He’s now performing for the children of children he previously educated and entertained.
This program is supported through funding from the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library.