Our Man Beverly Snow
With a Parisian flare and a taste for elegance, Beverly Snow, owner of the popular Epicurean Eating House, dishes out a healthy dose of wit, a decent pour of ale, and such delicacies as green turtle soup, fried oysters and West Indian jellies to Washington’s high society and political elite. All was going well for this hard-working free man of color until one fateful night in the fall of 1835. A young slave enters his owner’s bedroom wielding an ax and a surging wave of violence and destruction makes its way to the Epicurean Eating House. Suddenly, Snow finds himself embroiled in racial, political and social upheaval in this mid-19th century drama. Our Man Beverly Snow chronicles the events surrounding a race riot that cripples the nation’s capital and sheds a light on how freedom of speech, the abolitionist movement and the determination of a people in bondage shaped the nation.
Cast Break Down
Beverly Snow (mid-to-late 30s) – mixed race, cook, and owner of the Epicurean Eating House .
Julia Snow (early 30s) – black, wife and partner of Beverly Snow
Maria Bowen (early 40s) – black, slave, mother of Arthur Bowen, owned by Anna Thorton.
Arthur Bowen (late teens) – mixed race, slave, son of Maria Bowen, owned by Anna Thorton.
Reverend John Frances (Frank) Cook (late 20s) – shoe maker, runs the Philomathean Talking Society aka Young Man’s Moral and Literary Society
Reuben Crandall (early 30s) – white, abolitionist, botanist and doctor from New York
Andrew Laub (early 30s) – white, leader of the Mechanics, an angry mob of Irish immigrants.
Constable Madison Jeffers – city constable and good friend of Andrew Laub.
- Staged Reading as part of Gettysburg College's New Play Festival (Gettysburg, PA) - March 2013
- Staged Reading as part of Active Cultures' Diving Board Series (College Park, Maryland)- December 2012