Robb Dimmick presents his masterful “A. Lincoln Portrait” in an examination of liberty, consciousness, and slavery from the founding of Providence to the abolition of slavery.
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WaterFire Providence
September 29, 2016
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WaterFire Announces October 1st  Roger Williams in Context event
A.Lincoln Portrait at the Old State House on Benefit Street

Please come early to this coming Saturday’s October 1st WaterFire lighting to attend a theatrical performance as part of WaterFire's Roger Williams in Context arts program. The event is part of a series of performances at the Roger Williams National Memorial presented prior to WaterFire on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The program reexamines Roger Williams' promises and philosophy and asks how successfully his Lively Experiment fulfilled his vision for establishing a just society based on freedom, equality and liberty.  
Roger Williams and Slavery:  From Liberty to Bondage to Now
Saturday, October 1
5:00pm to 6:30pm - Free admission
The Old State House at 150 Benefit Street Providence, RI
Roger Williams' and Slavery: From Liberty to Bondage to Today: The Slavery Question and the Civil War. Director, writer and actor Robb Dimmick presents his masterful “A. Lincoln Portrait” in an examination of liberty, consciousness, and slavery from the founding of Providence to the abolition of slavery.  
[WaterFire will be lit at 6:40pm and burn until 11:00 pm]
About the performance:
"A. Lincoln Portrait" traces Abraham Lincoln's life from childhood and family man, to his brilliant legal career, his political aspirations and rise to presidency. In this authentic portrayal entirely in Lincoln's own words, we experience a fully human, rarely seen Lincoln as seen through his trials, triumphs, foibles and follies., The audience shares his deep melancholy, remarkable humor and gift of storytelling on the way to understanding his brilliant mind, his political savvy, his grappling a with race and slavery, and his power as an orator. Robb Dimmick's one man show has been called a tour de force, one of the most authentic Lincoln's of our time. Having retired his portrayal four years ago following thirty years touring the nation, Dimmick comes out retirement for this tare, not-to-be-missed WaterFire performance.

WaterFire's Roger Williams in Context art series is made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the RI State Council on the Arts, the General Assembly of the State of Rhode Island, and the National Park Service.
The next performance in the series is:
Beyond the Powwow: Roger Williams and the Recognition of the American Aborigines from before Columbus to "Indians" to Today
Saturday October 8
5:00pm to 6:30pm - Free admission
Roger Williams National Memorial  
Raymond Two Hawks Watson of the Eastern Medicine Singers, the Powwow and the new Providence Cultural Equity Initiative will be joining tribal dignitaries, Park Service Ranger John McNiff, Barnaby Evans and others in a Speaking Circle to discuss that historical context and trajectory of American Aborigine culture from well before Columbus to the present day in Rhode Island.  [Note: There is no WaterFire lighting on October 8th.]
There are two full fire dates remaining for the 2016 season: October 1st, and November 5th. We are hoping to add more! WaterFire is continuously looking for additional community support to add more dates to the 2016 season and continue its efforts in making Providence a better place to live, work and visit. For information about sponsoring or supporting WaterFire Providence, please contact Bronwyn Dannenfelser, Director of Resource Development at 401-273-1155 or
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