History At Play™, LLC Presents: Captain Henry Detweiller; Steamboats in Union Victory! LIVESTREAM on Pay-Per-HAP

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Captain Henry Detweiller on The Role of Steamboats in the Union Victory! 

LIVESTREAM Fri, Jun 11, 2021, 7:30 PM EDT

$10-$25 Pay-What You-Can Per Viewer


On Friday June 11th, 2021, travel in time with Brian "Fox" Ellis, Living Historian and Founder of Fox Tales International; in a solo performance-- Captain Henry Detweiller on The Role of Steamboats in the Union Victory! Fox enlivens Henry Detweiller: Riverboat Captain and friend to Abraham Lincoln, who ran top secret missions during the American Civil War. Though he came to America when 12 years of age with naught but hope in his pocket, Detweiller achieved multi-millionaire status. Join us for Pay-Per-HAP Episode #49, produced by History At Play™, LLC (HAP, LLC), as we livestream direct to you!

Recording viewable for 48 hours! Tickets purchased prior to 6:00 PM ET on Friday June 11th gain access to the Livestream; purchases made after that time are admitted at the Host's discretion. All patrons receive a link to view the recording on Vimeo, available for 48 hours, starting at 12:05 AM after the livestream. All patrons receive a Digital Playbill and access to BONUS MATERIALS following the program.

In this Livestream Episodic Series, Pay-Per-HAP introduces audiences to a personal friend of President Abraham Lincoln and a direct rival of Mark Twain; Steamboat Captain Henry Detweiller. Storyteller Brian "Fox" Ellis immerses the audience in the vital, though unsung role of steamboats in the American Civil War. From the horrors of Shiloh, to the siege of Vicksburg, Captain Detweiller shares an eyewitness account. Detweiller delivered troops and supplies throughout the war effort and shares a unique voice in an integral chapter of American History. The program commences and is completed with rollicking songs from the era, woven in with original music. Beginning with Detweiller’s immigration to the United States at the end of the Napoleonic Wars, we follow Detweiller throughout his training to become a steamboat captain, as he reminisces on an early friendship with a circuit riding lawyer, who would ultimately become one of the most notable presidents in American History. Quoting passages from Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi, intertwined with excerpts from the Captain’s personal riverboat log, viewers gain a perspective on the influential and often forgotten role of steamboats in the Union!

Brian "Fox" Ellis is an internationally acclaimed author, storyteller, historian, and naturalist. For more than 25 years, he has been the Riverlorian for the Spirit of Peoria. Fox has performed on the Delta Queen, American Queen, and Belle of Louisville and for The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum; The Field Museum; and dozens of other institutions. Fox is the Artistic Director for Prairie Folklore Theatre; a unique company that celebrates ecology and history through original musical theatre productions. He has hosted, produced, researched, and written several documentaries for PBS and recently launched a podcast Fox Tales International. He is the author of more than 2 dozen books, including: the critically acclaimed Learning From the Land: Teaching Ecology Through Stories and Activities (Libraries Unlimited, 2011) and Fox Tales Folklore, a series of folktales, along with a series of Chautauqua-style autobiographies. Many of his stories are available on his YouTube channel Fox Tales International.

Running time: Approx. 50 minutes, followed by real-time audience Q&A and BONUS MATERIALS. Episodes are viewable for 48 hours after livestream. This program is appropriate for all ages.


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Pay-Per-HAP is an Episodic Livestream Series, produced by History At Play™, LLC, airing on the 2nd & 4th Friday of the month, featuring productions from the company’s critically acclaimed repertoire, along with internationally renowned Guests Artists, Exclusive Workshops, and Special Events. Hosted by HAP, LLC Founder and Artistic Director Judith Kalaora, Pay-Per-HAP is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet history's influential and often forgotten figures. Each episode is conducted in authentic historical attire, with vintage props, and professionally designed sets. Based on primary source research, History At Play™, LLC has been embraced by the historical, educational, and theatrical communities, with programs that break the mold of hi-calibre virtual productions and are changing the way the world learns history.


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ABOUT History At Play™, LLC:

History At Play™, LLC (HAP, LLC), founded in 2010 by Artistic Director Judith Kalaora, chronicles the lives of influential and often forgotten women. Offering solo and ensemble Immersive Living History Experiences, HAP, LLC is woman-owned and operated, with a commitment to employ artists worldwide. Kalaora is a professional educator, award-winning playwright, and living historian. She graduated from Syracuse University Magna cum Laude and attended the Globe Education Program, at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre of London, England. She has performed for tens of thousands of people and her original productions have enjoyed over 5,000 runs worldwide.

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