Profs & Pints: Hamilton The Man and the Musical
Profs and Pints: Hamilton: The Man and the Musical, with Edward Countryman, professor of history at Southern Methodist University and author of A People in Revolution.
Dallas is gripped with Hamilton fever as a result of Lin-Manuel Mirandas hit musical rolling into town. The play has immersed millions of people in the story of Hamiltons, short, brilliant life, and won praise from political leaders across the ideological spectrum, including Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Paul Ryan, and Elizabeth Warren. Its success says something profound about its own times, and about understanding American history.
Why has Hamilton become a major cultural event in our time? How true is the musical to the life of the man it depicts? Why has Hamilton ceased to be regarded as a second-line figure among America's founders, at best a dark star compared to Thomas Jefferson, the champion of American democracy? Why has Jeffersons image slipped while Hamilton's now seems to stand large?
Come hear these and other questions tackled in a fascinating talk by Southern Methodist University historian Edward Countryman, who extensively researched Hamilton's life and contributions for his Bancroft-prize-winning book A People in Revolution: The American Revolution and Political Society in New York, 1760-1790. Having gained a deep familiarity with the Hamilton musical based on his strong interest in how the Republic's founding is presenting by playwrights, filmmakers, and other artists, he will give a talk that brings the man and the production together, making sense of both of them combined and on their own terms. The event marks the Dallas debut of Profs and Pints at the Petro Bar & Bistro at the Cambria Hotel
Downtown Dallas, part of the national Cambria Hotels brand.
Among the questions Professor Countryman will take on is: Who was this man? How did Hamilton open a place for himself among the top revolutionaries? How did he, rather than Jefferson, win Washingtons confidence? What vision did he develop for the country that he helped to create? How, after a lifetime of astonishing achievement, did he end up meeting Vice-President Aaron Burr on a dueling ground in Weehawken, New Jersey, in July, 1804? After all he had achieved, what went so badly wrong?
He'll also look at how the musical Hamilton deals with all of these themes. Some historians have bridled at factual problems, omissions, and outright errors within the play, but one might as well find fault with Shakespeares Richard II or Henry V for historical errors. Join others who were thrilled by Hamilton, and now seek to gain a better understanding of the man and the musical, in being in the room where it happens. (Listed time is for doors. Talk begins 30 minutes later. Tickets are $12 and must be purchased online and in advance.)
Petro Bar & Bistro at the Cambria Hotel Downtown Dallas (View)
1907 Elm Street
Dallas, TX 75201
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|