Burstein’s ‘Darrow,’ live at the Farnsworth

Oct 12, 2018
Lincolnville’s John Burstein stars as/in “Darrow.”

Rockland — The Farnsworth Art Museum will present a performance of the one-man show “Darrow,” performed by actor John Burstein, Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. in the downtown museum’s auditorium.

The play, written by David Rintels, portrays famed attorney Clarence Darrow (1857–1938), champion of underdogs, as he reminisces about his many sensational and often controversial trials including the Scopes Monkey Trial.

While Clarence Darrow’s career spanned the early decades of the 20th century, the issues he dealt with included racial prejudice, income inequality, religious intolerance and worker exploitation, resonating equally with today’s audiences. As Darrow put it, “I fight for the poor, the weak and the weary. For that long line of men, who in darkness and despair have borne the labors of the human race.”

Henry Fonda starred on Broadway in this inspiring and entertaining play, which was critically acclaimed as “gutsy, exciting, inspiring, funny, beautiful.”

The performance will benefit the Farnsworth Art Museum, whose exhibition of “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold” by international artist and political activist Ai Weiwei and N.C. Wyeth’s paintings depicting “Poems of American Patriotism” provide a compelling backdrop to this portrait of a man considered to be a true American patriot.

Burstein is often recognized for his countless appearances as Slim Goodbody on PBS and CBS’s “Captain Kangaroo.” Most recently, he performed an original musical, “The Night Kitchen," in Camden and at Portland Stage.

Admission for “Darrow” is $12, $10 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register for this event, visit farnsworthmuseum.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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