5 September 2007
John Quincy Adams in Russia - Dramatic Performance
John Quincy Adams in Russia
J. Q. Adams comes alive once more!
2007 marks the 200th anniversary of the establishment of official diplomatic relations between the United States and Russia. Through times of peace and turmoil the two countries have maintained diplomatic ties. "John Quincy Adams in Russia" is a dramatic presentation that celebrates this significant anniversary and also the life of our first ambassador to Russia. The program will take the form of a dramatic dialogue between Adams biographer Dr. Lynn Parsons and professional actor Jim Cooke. This historically accurate and dynamically entertaining performance will explore the life and times of John Quincy Adams, who, in 1781, at age 15, served as Secretary to the Mission to Russia and from 1809-1814 served as the first US Minister to Russia.
American Antiquarian Society (AAS)
September 18, 2007, at 7:30 p.m.;
The Old South Meeting House
September 20, 2007, at 6:30 p.m.;
The Amherst College Center for Russian Culture
September 23, 2007, at 3 p.m.
Additionally, Dr. Parsons will deliver a lecture at the Massachusetts Historical Society on September 19, 2007, at 6:30 p.m. "John Quincy Adams in Russia" is supported by funds from the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and the U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce of New England, Inc.
Jim Cooke is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and received an M.A. in Theater Education from Emerson College. For more than twenty years, he has been portraying figures from the past, including Calvin Coolidge, Daniel Webster, Edward Everett, William Lloyd Garrison, and James Whitcomb Riley. While he claims not to be a scholar, he writes his own factually accurate scripts. His performances are well known throughout the country; he has been invited to give presentations at several presidential libraries and has appeared on the Today Show, C-Span, and National Public Radio. His newest character is John Quincy Adams, whom he portrays in a one-man show entitled "John Quincy Adams: A Spirit Unconquerable!" which examines the last ten years of Adams' life.
Lynn Parsons is Professor Emeritus from S.U.N.Y. at Brockport where he chaired the History Department. He received his B.A. in History from Grinnell College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to Brockport he taught at University College Dublin, Grinnell College, and Wayne State University. His biography of John Quincy Adams has been reviewed positively, and he is recognized for his expertise on John Quincy Adams and the Indians. He has published essays on Adams and his famous mother Abigail and has recently crafted a play called The Tye More Binding, based on the correspondence of Abigail and John Adams.