Theater in Wheeling: Towngate is a Cornerstone of Creative Life
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1330 National Rd., Wheeling, WV

february, 2018

sun25feb6:00 pm9:00 pmReaders' Theatre performance of "Political Little One"6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Towngate Theatre, 2118 Market Street Wheeling WV 26003

Event Details

Enjoy a reading of “Political Little One” by Wheeling playwright Jeremy Richter.

About the Play

On January 25, 1861, the Wheeling Intelligencer reported that “near the town of Lima, Ohio a negro man and a white man, both of whom were armed, were arrested . . . under suspicion that they mediated a rescue” of Lucy Bagby, a fugitive slave girl belonging to Mr. Wm. Goshorn of Wheeling, VA. “Political Little One”centers itself on the days prior to the men being disarmed and captured. Three men and one boy that stand accused of assisting in Ms. Lucy’s escape, have been interviewed by U.S. officials and soon spin a plot that might secure an opportunity for an emancipated life.

Q & A takes place immediately after the performance.

Cast Members Include:

Col. Knox . . . John Reilly
Maj. Loring . . . Josh Fromhart (Tim Thompson)
Algernon Pratt . . . Vince Marshall
Philip Herbert . . . Jalen McCrary
Howard Munson . . . Ron Scott, Jr
Grant Walker . . . Luca DiLorenzo
Stage Directions . . . Jeremy Richter (Pete Fernbaugh)

Admission is free. Donations accepted to benefit Towngate Theatre.

Experience the magic of art onstage…

Towngate is the premiere venue for community theater in Wheeling.  Enjoy an intimate theater experience. Marvel at and applaud the talent of local actors. Experience a variety of though-provoking, heartwarming, comedic and historically significant works from renowned playwrights and talented newcomers. When watching a stage production, you are transported into a different world. Escape from reality and feel the energy created by sharing an intimate space with actors and fellow theatergoers. Live action happens right before your eyes. There’s no app for that!  Furthermore, theater is a social experience meant to be shared with one another. So, bring your family and friends and meet new friends, too. And, most importantly, support your local actors, directors, stage managers, set and costume designers. They spend months working to bring characters and stories to life. Their efforts produce amazing art time and time again.

Keeping the Community in Community Theater in Wheeling. . .

Towngate is a cornerstone of creative life in Wheeling and serves as an entertainment destination for residents of the Ohio Valley and beyond. People of all ages and backgrounds gather here to create and experience art onstage. Most of all, Towngate celebrates the essential power of theater to illuminate our common humanity. The community enjoys and participates in hundreds of live performances, classes and workshops year-round.


(Sunday) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Towngate Theatre

2118 Market Street Wheeling WV 26003


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