Artist / Program Description:
There can hardly be a greater inspiration in American history than Theodore Roosevelt. He showed us what we can be at our best and taught us what it means to be Americans.
Our debt to him is almost beyond calculation. But even more than that, he was one of the most interesting men who ever lived – a man who was interesting because he was interested. There is no subject on which he did not thirst for knowledge: history, politics, philosophy, nature, linguistics, taxidermy, poetry – the list is endless. His colossal and kaleidoscopic passion for life and learning is just another of the many causes for our admiration.
The purpose of the TR! Show is to bring this astonishing man to life. Derek Evans trained for the theatre at Northwestern University, New York University, and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. As manager and director of the Monarch Theatre Company, he toured Shakespeare, opera, and literary adaptations to schools throughout America, totalling seven thousand performances for over two million students.
Since 1997, Evans has performed TR! for schools, colleges, universities, libraries, churches, and museums from California to Vermont.