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January 25, 2014

Oklahoma History Center presents free performance

Historical interpreters remember George Washington

OKLA. CITY — The Oklahoma History Center is offering a free performance by nationally renowned interpretive staff from Colonial Williamsburg and George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. The interpreters will portray First Lady Martha Washington and Dr. James Craik, George Washington’s friend and physician. The actors will remember the life and times of George Washington through the eyes of these historical characters.

“These outstanding historical interpreters from two of the nation’s best-known museums will provide a unique and personal side of George Washington that many may not be familiar with,” said Jason Harris, director of education at the Oklahoma History Center. “With Presidents’ Day just weeks away, this is the perfect time to explore the life of George Washington.”

Lee Ann Rose, an actress and interpreter who will portray Martha Washington, hails from Colonial Williamsburg, the world’s largest living history museum. Located in Williamsburg, Va., the 18th-century capital of Britain’s largest and most populous outpost in the New World, the museum encompasses hundreds of restored, reconstructed and historically furnished buildings. Costumed interpreters tell the stories of the men and women of the city and the challenges they faced.

Tom Plott will portray Dr. James Craik. Plott is the manager of character interpretation at Mount Vernon, with more than 25 years of professional acting and directing experience. Plott has made a career of portraying historical characters, from Shakespeare to Leonardo da Vinci to John Wilkes Booth. He now uses his versatility to depict several key figures in George Washington’s life, including Dr. Craik.

The performance, “Remembering George Washington,” will take place at 7 p.m. Jan. 30. Admission is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, email education@okhistory.org or call 522-3602. The performance is sponsored by SONIC, America’s Drive-In and is made possible through partnerships with Colonial Williamsburg, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens and the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

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