Join us for an evening of spooky tales and conversation with Mr. Washington Irving, one of the Jacksonian Era’s premiere writers! Sitting by the fireside in our Cabin by the Spring, guests will hear Mr. Irving read one of his most famous stories, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” He will also share tales of his exciting life and the people he encountered, including mentoring writers like Edgar Allan Poe, as well as his travels through Indian Territory in Oklahoma during Jackson’s presidency. Following the program, guests will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with Mr. Irving.
Tickets are $25 for Hermitage members and $30 for non-members and includes 1 (one) drink ticket for wine or beverage. Additional beverages are available for cash purchase.
John Dennis Anderson, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, is a performance studies scholar/artist who performs nationally in solo presentations as authors–in addition to Washington Irving–that include Henry James, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Robert Frost, and others. He first developed his performance as Irving in 1998 for the Oklahoma Chautauqua and has since presented the performance at a Chautauqua in Arkansas, schools in Oklahoma and Massachusetts, the historical society in Irving, Texas (named for the writer), the Washington Irving Society in Washington, D.C., and at Irving’s home Sunnyside in New York State. His solo and group performances of The Mutual Friend by Frederick Busch, a biographical novel about Charles Dickens as a platform reader, have been presented in seven states, and he also adapted it as a chamber opera in collaboration with composer Michael Wartofsky. Focusing his research in the area of narrative theory and performance, Dr. Anderson is the author of The Student Companion to William Faulkner (Greenwood, 2007) and articles and book chapters on the performance of literature. He was co-recipient of the National Communication Association’s Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance in 2013. Dr. Anderson is a former Chair of the Performance Studies Division of the National Communication Association and recipient of its Distinguished Service Award in 2014. After serving on the faculty of Emerson College in the Department of Communication Studies for 27 years, Dr. Anderson retired in August 2016. He was a summer seminar fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1991 and has received Chautauqua humanities grants to present programs on early America, the Civil War, the 1930s, the Centennial of Oklahoma statehood, Hollywood’s Impact on American Culture, World War I, and the Rise of Modernism. Dr. Anderson is a native of Waco, Texas, with degrees from Baylor University and the University of Texas at Austin. For more information, visit jdanderson.org.