Knox College is special to us for two reasons: It’s the sixth–count ‘em–SIXTH production of 44 Plays for 44 Presidents happening this year in the great state of Illinois. Also, Knox is in Galesburg, which is the birthplace of Genevra Gallo-Bayiates, cowritter of 44 Plays (and my lovely bride.)
We’re very excited to welcome Knox into the fold. The production will be directed and performed by students at Knox College, but sp0nsered by the Department of Theatre.
Knox has a lovely theatre program with a mission I appreciate. They promote “observation and analysis of all dimensions of human experience, and public performances that engage audiences on multiple levels.” That is not at all incompatible with our little show! Check and check.
Knox has chosen the tragically assassinated William McKinley for their contribution to the video project. When I asked show producer Isaac Miller why he chose McKinley for Knox, he said:
“McKinley was the only president left who had any ties to Knox College - he spoke outside our Old Main building in 1899. His little play seemed pretty cool too, with the stillness and silence.”
Cool indeed. And that’s no small connection to your college! In fact, unless my memory fails me, it’s the first direct connection we’ve had between a college and a president in our Festival. Am I wrong?