September 27, 2008, Forces of Nature

A staged dramatic reading of a Stephen Most play depicting the relationship, and sometimes conflict, among three giants of the late nineteenth century conservation movement. Wellfleet resident and experienced stage performer Stephen Russell played Scottish immigrant John Muir, one of the first modern preservationists. Eastham resident and actor Jack Kerig played Teddy Roosevelt, and Zachary Soule Philbrook, a local teacher, director and stage performer played Gifford Pinchot, the first Chief of the U.S. Forest Service. The play focused on the differing views of Muir and Pinchot on land preservation, their common interest against the reckless exploitation of natural resources, and Roosevelt’s pivotal leadership role in establishing National parks. It was an unforgettable performance.

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