16 02 2018


Growing up in New London, we were taught the story of Benedict Arnold, his burning of the town, and the slaughter in Groton across the river, year after year. I thought our teachers were a bit self-aggrandizing until I heard Eric Lehman’s presentation on his new book, Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London. Lehman dramatically analyzes Arnold’s motives for his change in allegiance from the newly emerging United States back to England. Perhaps he was not a true traitor, but apparently Arnold was driven purely by greed, not conviction or values, to betray many friends and colleagues. This is a well-documented portrayal of events during this time.



Setting the Stage:  What We Do, How We Do It, and Why is a combination text book and memoir by David Hays, a prolific stage designer and founder of the National Theater for the Deaf. An engaging storyteller, Hays shares tips and mistakes to those interested in theater.

Both books are published by Wesleyan Press.




4 responses

16 02 2018

I just finished reading Eric Lehman’s book and thought it was terrific.

16 02 2018
Beth Lapin

It’s a co-inky-dink that I’d seen him, and miles away, you read him. I love it!!

16 02 2018

I am not much of a history buff, but I knew David Hays back in my days at Gallaudet. He would not know me, but his work at the school and mostly his started his summer theatre at Harkness. Beth used to volunteer there and was there the summer Michael Douglas was there. They then moved the acting company to another city- that escapes my name.



16 02 2018
Beth Lapin

I think they went to Chester CT

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