“It all started in 1747 when Robert Morris, Jr. arrived in Oxford, MD.“ says playwright, Tony Gallo. When asked, “What made you write this play? Tony replied with a smile, “George Washington made me do it. There is no other founding father to whom General and President Washington owed more gratitude. Not only did Robert Morris keep the colonies’ finances afloat during the Revolutionary War, but he also supplied free housing to President and Mrs. Washington for eight years. This is only the tip of the iceberg.”
“General Washington won the War, but never ceased in his praise of Morris’ indispensable financial and economic acumen in confronting Great Britain, the world’s greatest economic power. But the mention of his name today elicits a “Who?” response. Surely, he is the most underappreciated founding Father. And his critics argue that Robert Morris did not finance the Revolutionary War. The Revolutionary War financed Robert Morris.”
Mr. Morris! Mr. Morris! will be performed as a staged reading with actors directed by Ed Langrell, of the Tred Avon Players. A “staged reading” offers a unique, intimate experience watching talented actors lift the words off the page for the playwright to hear and the audience to appreciate witnessing the process. The Q & A with Tony invites the guests to share in the script development before it travels to larger arenas across the nation.
Tony reached out to the Oxford Community Center as his desired venue to bring an Oxford -Centric story to the community. It created a special opportunity to invite Ed Langrell of TAP and Chef Salter of the Robert Morris Inn to partner in order to design an event that fully celebrates the history and talents of Oxford. It will be a culinary experience featuring an “Authentic Colonial” menu paired with the showmanship of Ed Langrell and his talented actors.
Ed Langrell has been actively involved in theatre throughout the mid-shore since 1987 and with the Tred Avon Players, where he is the current President, since 1988. He started directing in 2003 and enjoys that almost as much as performing. He is a 30 year employee of the United States Postal Service. Ed lives in Easton with his wife Beth Anne and his sons Jordan and Brandon, all of whom also enjoy spending time on stage. “I am thrilled at the chance to bring Mr. Morris! Mr. Morris! to Oxford and for the chance to work with Tony Gallo, The Oxford Community Center and the Robert Morris Inn.”
Liza Ledford, OCC’s Executive Director added, “Tony and Ed’s enthusiasm was contagious. And when the Robert Morris Inn agreed, we all knew this would be a truly spectacular experience. When a writer, director and chef all partner to bring a night to life, it’s a slam dunk. And that’s what we look to bring to the community. We love creative collaborations at OCC.”
The year 2019 will be an extraordinarily busy year for the Washington D.C. dramatist, Tony Gallo. His portfolio of dramas, screenplays, essays, and librettos consists of over seventy works. His plays have been performed nearly 160 times, including thirteen productions in forty-five different venues. Seventeen of his plays are available from Amazon. Mr. Gallo is Chief Executive Officer and Founding Director of Eastern Market Studios-LLC, Browns Court Publishing Company, the Seventh Street Playhouse, Gallo Music Company, Gallo Investment Company, Gallo Economics, and Gallo Journalism. Two of his plays were performed at the Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival in September: For more on Tony, visit www.aegallo.com
Master Chef Mark Salter and Innkeeper Ian Fleming operate The Robert Morris Inn, 1710, the oldest full service Inn in America. The Inn, once called Riverview House, was the home of Founding Father Robert Morris Jr. who gained fame as the “Financier of the Revolution”. In more recent times author James Michener outlined his famous novel, Chesapeake, at the Inn. For more on RMI visit: www.robertmorrisinn.com
The dinner theatre is Saturday, March 30th at 6:30 PM for $65 plus cash bar. The servers will be in period costume adding to the fun of the night. The reading will repeat for a Sunday Matinee at 2:00 PM for $10. No food on Sunday, but both shows include a Q & A with the playwright.
To reserve your seat, visit oxfordcc.org or call 410-226-5904.
OCC offers free and low cost programs throughout the year, thanks to the generous annual fund donors and events. 63% of all events are offered for free. The money raised by programs goes directly towards serving our greater community with new educational programs, after school activities for kids, national speakers, concerts and more. The OCC is a non-profit organization focused on education and enrichment. Learn more about the Oxford Community Center at www.oxfordcc.org
The Tred Avon Players, Inc. (TAP) is a non-profit Maryland corporation, organized in 1982 to present plays and musicals at the Oxford Community Center, in Oxford Maryland. Since the first sold-out melodramas in August of that year, TAP has grown in community stature and artistic merit to present a mix of plays and musicals each year in one of the most beautiful towns on the Eastern Shore, for a growing, enthusiastic audience. www.tredavonplayers.org