A Visit with Robert Green Ingersoll
You've heard his name, but do you know his story? Learn about the life of "The Great Agnostic," one of the most famous orators of the 19th century and still an icon of the freethought movement. In this dramatic, sometimes humorous, 50-minute biographical one-man show by Richard McNally, you'll meet Robert Green Ingersoll and hear about his life from the man himself - his early years as the son of a Calvinist preacher, loss of faith, civil war service, political career, family, and emergence as a popular secular speaker and writer. Bring your questions and comments for the Q&A after the show.
McNally (AEA, SAG-AFTRA) has appeared in more than 50 stage productions as an actor. In earlier days around Los Angeles, his featured roles included: The Music Man (Harold Hill), Bleacher Bums (Decker), Kvetch (George), The Fantasticks (Hucklebee), Hello Dolly (Vandergelder), A Christmas Carol (Scrooge), Guys and Dolls (Nathan) and Mother Courage (Chaplain).
In recent years, he has appeared in Taming of the Shrew (Vincentio) and Cymbeline (Belarius) in Santa Clarita's Shakespeare-In-The-Park, The Lincolns of Springfield, and several productions at College of the Canyons, including Death of a Salesman (Uncle Ben), The Drowsy Chaperone (Feldzieg), Company (Robert), and Tartuffe (Orgon). McNally also appeared at the New Works Festival in 2006, 2007 and 2008 (in his own play, Thirty-Four Degrees and Falling.) In 2008, Richard wrote, directed and acted in a staged reading of The Scopes Monkey Trial for Atheists United, where he has been a member for more than 20 years.
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