The Tarnation of Russell Colvin: a one man show based on Manchester's 1819 Murder-Mystery
The Londonderry Arts and Historical Society presents "The Tarnation of Russell Colvin" at its annual meeting on Thursday June 29, 6:30 PM at the Old Londonderry Town Hall on Middletown Road.
Oliver Wadsworth, actor and director, has created this one-man play based on the real-life story of Russell Colvin. Colvin was a mentally challenged man in rural Vermont, who in 1812 was murdered by his brothers-in-law. His ghost reportedly haunted the town of Manchester until the malefactors were brought to justice and sentenced to hang. Colvin's story has many plot twists and many colorful characters. Wadsworth says of his performance: " playing multiple characters not only challenges my instrument as an actor -vocally, physically, and emotionally - it is also fulfilling in a deeply personal way. Playing against gender, age and ethnicity, allows me to inhabit characters I would not normally be cast as. The result is empathy for people I might otherwise know..."
Chris Hadsell, executive director of Curtains Without Borders, will also discuss the town hall's important hand painted curtain.
The mission of the Londonderry Arts and Historical Society is to be a beacon- helping people understand the rich history and culture of our little town. Bringing stories of the past to light. Igniting curiosity and awareness of how earlier Londonderry residents lived and thrived. Presenting creative works by past and current artists that highlight the rich cultural dimensions of our area.
This event is free but donations toward the lighting improvements at the Old Town Hall are welcome.