“William Bartram” Coming to Brooksville

The Historic Hernando Preservation Society is pleased to present J.D. Sutton’s acclaimed performance as botanist, artist and explorer William Bartram, Puc Puggy’s Travels in Florida, on Thursday, January 8th, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.at the Brooksville City Hall.

In 1773 William Bartram began a four-year journey of exploration and discovery through America’s southern colonies. His account of his adventures, Bartram’s Travels, is considered a classic of American writing, praised for its vivid descriptions of native American culture, and of a land largely untouched by European hands.

Traveling from the wilderness of Florida to the mountains of North Carolina and the banks of the Mississippi, Bartram took extensive notes of what he saw and the people he encountered, leaving us a remarkable time-capsule of our country’s early frontier. Actor/playwright J.D. Sutton brings William Bartram to life, sharing tales of his adventures – his encounters with Seminoles and his battles with alligators – and his awe at the beauty of the land which was, and is, Florida.

As a part of this encounter “Mr. Bartram” engages the audience in an impromptu question-and-answer session, during which they may ask any questions they wish. The performance will be followed with an open-ended “talk-back” with the actor/playwright.

Mr. Sutton’s performance has been received with enthusiasm: “If you get the chance to see this performance, don’t miss the opportunity,” “…a nuanced, informative and entertaining enactment …The audience was rapt in its attention.” “Definitely a recommended program for those interested in botany and history.” “Your performance was fabulously appealing to the whole audience. I hated to see it end.” “I would be willing to travel considerable distance to experience your portrayal of Bartram again.”

Experience a theatrical encounter with one of early America’s most unforgettable men. William Bartram ~ Puc Puggy’s Travels in Florida will be presented Thursday, January 8th, 2015 at the Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Avenue in Brooksville.

Co-sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council, this performance is free, and open to the public.

For more information, go to : http://www.hernandopreservation.bravehost.com/

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