Acclaimed actor John Lescault, a familiar sight on DC stages, will be planting his boots on the bare ground of The Amphitheater of Stone Hill Farm in Flint Hill, VA in a one night only performance of Sherman the Peacemaker by James Reston, Jr. (June 6, 2015 – rain date: June 14). Performance of the Civil War drama starts at 7pm, but you are invited to bring a picnic and stake out your grass seats as early as 5pm.
Rehearsal breaks must have given rise to some interesting conversations. Lescault shared the stage with a past senior advisor to President Bill Clinton (Sidney Blumenthal), a former Brigadier General (General John Douglass), a sitting judge of the Court of Appeals (David S. Tatel), the DC editor of Harper’s magazine (Andrew Cockburn), among others, many from the area.
According to the Rappahannock News, John Henry hand placed the rocks to form the amphitheater on his Stone Hill Farm, finishing in time to open last summer, 2014 with a production of Galileo’s Torch. Many in this year’s cast were in that first production. In the past year, Henry has added to the amphitheater to accommodate larger audiences (watch him build in the video below).
Stone Hill Amphitheatre is located in Rappahannock County at 40 Spring Wish Lane, off Route 647, near Flint Hill, VA. Gates open at 5:00 pm for picnickers. The play begins promptly at 7:00 pm. Suggested donation: $20 per adult, $10 per child under 18. All proceeds will benefit Kid Pan Alley, an educational program fostering creativity in young children. Rain date June 14.
The Amphitheater is one of seven stone creations by John Henry.
See the story. Hear the song.
John’s Follies featuring John Henry, recorded by Bruce Dale