Chautauqua festival to bring historical figures to life this June

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Updated: 4/30/2013 11:07 am
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Nevada Humanities presents the 22nd Nevada Humanities Chautauqua festival, June 24-27, 2013, at the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road in Reno.

Founded by Nevada Humanities in Reno in 1992, Nevada Humanities Chautauqua has inspired many Chautauqua events around the globe and is one of the longest-running Chautauqua festivals in the nation. Chautauqua is a living history program in which performers, in costume and in character, bring historical figures to life in theatrical monologues.

Reno’s weeklong celebration features workshops, roundtable discussions, and other daytime events hosted by community partners throughout Northern Nevada, as well as ticketed evening theatrical performances. This year’s evening performances explore the theme “No Dream Deferred,” and feature performances of legendary characters including Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Henry Ford, Langston Hughes and Julia Morgan. The June 24 evening program is free and will feature performances by the Young Chautauquans who have participated in Nevada Humanities’ 2013 Great Basin Young Chautauqua program. All evening events June 24-27 begin with a musical performance by a local band followed by two theatrical Chautauqua presentations. Gates open at 5 p.m., music starts at 6 p.m., and Chautauqua presentations begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets for ticketed shows June 25-27 are $25 per night for seats; lawn tickets are $10 per night. Children ages 12 and under are free if seated in an adult’s lap or on the lawn. Plenty of comfortable seats are available, as well as a lawn area for those who prefer to bring their own blanket or low-rise chair. Tickets are available for purchase online at http://www.nevadahumanities.org . Tickets will also be available for purchase at the gate the evening of the performance if performances are not sold out in advance. Audience members are encouraged to bring a picnic or enjoy barbecue meals provided by Men Wielding Fire, which will be available for purchase each evening at the entrance to the amphitheater. Parking is plentiful and free.

Free daytime events are scheduled throughout the Truckee Meadows area for the week of June 22-27, 2013, including an architectural walking tour, lectures, workshops and children’s activities. A complete schedule of daytime events is available at http://www.nevadahumanities.org.

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