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Matthew Dodd
Songs & Stories of the Civil War
Saturday, June 1, 2013

Matthew DoddDressed in period soldier's clothing, Matthew Dodd takes listeners back in time to feel what it was like to be a soldier, civilian, loved-one-at-home or escaped slave in the Civil War Era. Through period songs, excerpts from actual letters, and anecdotes (humorous and poignant) Matthew evokes the feelings and passions of that pivotal era of American history. Matthew bypasses the stories of the generals and the battle movements and concentrates on the feelings and stories of the individual soldier (North and South) , the mother, father, or sweetheart left at home, and of the men and women who "followed the drinking gourd" to freedom.

Matthew sings and plays acoustic guitar, harmonica, banjo and mandolin.

Beacon Theatre Productions
"Mr. President, I'm Frederick Douglass"
Saturday, June 1, 2013

Lincoln, Douglass, Cornelia During this sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War, Beacon Theatre Productions is performing a short one act play portraying a significant meeting that took place during this time. After the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Lincoln early in 1863, the Union Army began to enlist African American men into service. The first "colored regiment" to be formed was the Massachusetts 54th. Frederick Douglass, an ex-slave, and well known abolitionist speaker of the day, was concerned that the men in the 54th have the same wages and privilege as the white soldiers in the Union Army. He requested, and was granted, an appointment with the president in August of 1863, to address these concerns, which is the subject of this piece.

"Mr. President, I'm Frederick Douglass" is based on Douglass' and Lincoln's writings and a fictional character named Cornelia is added for theatrical interest.

Through the eyes of Cornelia, we are further led to events of 1864, 1865, and beyond, reflecting on the continued legacy of these inspiring men.

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