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2 Staged Readings of Toliver and Wakeman, a New Play by Kyle Bass

Written By Editor on 9/21/22 | 9/21/22


Don't miss FSC's final offering of 2022. Two staged readings of a new play by Kyle Bass, author of FSC's 2019 hit Possessing Harriet.

Set at the start of the American Civil War, Toliver and Wakemen theatricalizes the Civil War experiences of two actual historical characters from two very different backgrounds who both lived in Delaware County. Sarah Rosetta Wakeman, a young white woman born in Bainbridge, New York, disguised herself as a man and mustered into the Union Army—the 153rd New York State Volunteers—using the alias Lyons Wakeman. Toliver Holmes was a young black man born into slavery in Virginia who escaped to New York, changed his name to avoid capture, and mustered into the Union Army’s 26th Regiment of Colored Troops (NY), later settliing in Delhi, NY. 

The readings are part of the development of new work begun when FSC was awarded a Support for Artists Grant for the commission of the play. The performances will take place on Friday, September 30 at 7 pm and Sunday, October 2 at 3 pm. Both presentations will include an audience talkback following the reading.


FRIDAY,  September 30 @7:00 pm 
SUNDAY, October 2 @3:00 pm

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