Frederick Law Olmsted: Passages in the Life of an Impractical Man
A One Man Play by Gerry Wright followed by Q&A
When: Friday 28 January 2011 – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Jamaica Plain Forum
The First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist
6 Eliot St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Look for the side door on Eliot St. to be open
Gerry Wright has researched, written and produced a one-man show honoring the life and work of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of landscape architecture. The play provides insights into Olmsted’s passionate vision as he played critical roles in the dynamics of slavery as a writer, in public health action as Executive Secretary of the U.S. Sanitary Commission in the Civil War, and in conservation as the landscape architect for New York City’s Central Park, Boston’s Emerald Necklace and more.
A hundred years after his death, America continues to be challenged with issues of social justice, health and conservation for which Olmsted was a most persevering, principled pioneer. The play will look at Olmsted’s vision on sustainability as he integrated his multiple careers and his aptitude to partner with many different disciplines in order to promote social justice, conservation and public health in his landscape designs. Following the play, Olmsted will answer questions and foster a group discussion about the issues of social justice, conservation and public health on the 19th century and now.
Co-Sponsored by: Friends of Jamaica Pond