Voices & Stories: Hamilton- Diversity and Controversy in the portrayal of the Founding Fathers

Monday, July 12, 2021 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

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In 1976, our Executive Director, Lawrence Jay, auditioned to play George Washington in his school play.  While he didn't get the part and was given the role of the narrator instead, it wasn't until decades later that he wondered if maybe he didn't get cast as George Washington because he was Chinese.  When Hamilton opened in 2015 with a Black George Washington, the musical was widely praised for its diverse casting of the Founding Fathers, yet there was controversy, not about "colorblind" casting, but in idolizing slave owners.

As part of our new ONLINE "Voices and Stories" series, Rolling Ridge will be looking at the diversity and controversy of the musical, Hamilton, as we use historical education and contemplative listening to open hearts and minds to the events that have shaped American society today.  

Join us from 11 am to 1 pm on Monday, July 12th (the day that Alexander Hamilton was shot and killed), as we consider how the story of his life has given rise to important but complicated conversations about the legacy of the Founding Fathers and their portrayal on stage. 

Though not required, please consider a suggested donation of "A Hamilton" ($10) to support the ongoing ministry of Rolling Ridge. Thank you. 

Please check out our website for other events in our Voices and Stories series

About the leader(s)

Lawrence Jay

As the Executive Director of Rolling Ridge, Lawrence works in partnership with the staff to ensure that the guest experience at the Ridge is top quality.  He also partners with retreat leaders to provide excellent programming at the Ridge, and is available to speak about the ongoing ministry and historic mission of Rolling Ridge as a place of rest, retreat, and transformation.  A trained spiritual director and ordained American Baptist pastor, he is a graduate of UCLA, Golden Gate Seminary, Franciscan School of Theology, American Baptist Seminary of the West, and the Gateways to God Missional Spiritual Direction Program.  Eco-spirituality is his passion (and was his doctoral dissertation), encouraging everyone to live into the fullness of our connection with nature, God, and all people.