DAVENPORT HOUSE MUSEUM TO HOST ‘KNOW HAMILTON’ LECTURE AND PERFORMANCE
SAVANNAH, GA — MARCH 18, 2021 — The Davenport House Museum will host “Know Hamilton” lecture and performance in the garden at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30. In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Drawing Room in the Museum, which is at 324 E. State St. in Savannah.
The lecture, given by historian Jimmy Napoli, will focus on Alexander Hamilton’s early years and will be followed by actress/playwright Eva Dorrepaal’s one-woman show, “Raising a Revolutionary.” The show is set in the 18th century Danish West Indies, where Hamilton’s mother, Rachael Faucett, contends with a criminal record and a vengeful ex-husband while trying to keep food on the table and prepare her son for life’s harsh realities.
The program will be 55 minutes long and tickets cost $20 per person. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, the audience size will be limited to 25 people or less and everyone must wear masks and practice social distancing. Hand sanitizer stations will be available.
Davenport House Museum Director Jamie Credle thinks the evening will sell out and expects the audience will be delighted by the show, which Napoli and Dorrepaal will soon stage in the Caribbean.
“Eva and Jimmy are currently traveling down the Intercoastal Waterway and heading to the Caribbean to provide tours and organize events on the island of St Croix, where Alexander Hamilton began his illustrious career before arriving in New York. Eva wondered if she could work out an opportunity to work with the Davenport House and contacted the staff to see if a performance of her work could be arranged. We happily agreed,” Credle said.
Napoli has been lecturing and leading tours on Alexander Hamilton for over 25 years. He has been a licensed New York City. tour guide since 1996, specializing in the American Revolution, the creation of the federal government of the United States of America, the abolition movement and women’s suffrage. In 2007, Napoli appeared in the PBS documentary “The American Experience: Alexander Hamilton,” written and directed by Middlemarch Films. Dorrepaal has written three plays to date, as well as starred in numerous motion pictures that have been screened in more than 50 film festivals, including Cannes, Toronto and Sundance. She authored and performed three solo shows and had numerous appearances in European TV programs. The couple is currently maintaining a YouTube channel documenting their travels, entitled “Living in Xisle.”
The mission of the Davenport House Museum is to preserve and interpret the American Federal-style house and the artifacts within, built by master builder Isaiah Davenport for his household, with an emphasis on the years 1820-27. The DH seeks to educate, enrich, and inspire our visitors and the community, as well as recognize the historical role of the house in the founding of Historic Savannah Foundation. Situated on Columbia Square at the corner of State and Habersham Streets in historic downtown Savannah, it is one of the oldest brick structures in the city and sees approximately 40,000 visitors annually, through its guided tours and education programs. For more information or to reserve tickets for the “Know Hamilton” lecture and show, please call 912-236-8097.
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