In a special Friday evening performance, The Morristown & Morris
Township Library will host actor and historian Bob Gleason, who will
portray Thomas Paine, the mouthpiece of the Revolution, in an event
sponsored by the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township
A firebrand who traveled the world to speak out against injustice, Paine wrote in Common Sense
that “These are the times that try men’s souls.” His words inspired a
tired and disheartened Colonial army of 4500 to continue fighting
against a British army that numbered 30,000. This radical’s writings
include The Rights of Man, a work urging political rights for all men because of their innate equality, and The Age of Reason,
a deist manifesto.
The impassioned author championed the causes of the
individual and of the mind, but his works made their author little
money. Outspoken, controversial, articulate and committed to social
equality, Bob Gleason’s Thomas Paine is certain to spark discussion and evoke spirited debate.
Step back into history as Bob Gleason portrays this Revolutionary
figure for an evening of radical thoughts and famed oratory.
Refreshments will be served and the program begins at 7:00 p.m., an hour after the
Library’s normal closing time.