On May 1st 1997 Andrew Edlin premiered his one-man show as the charismatic statesman, author, orator, soldier, and wit Sir Winston Churchill. To celebrate this 20th anniversary Andrew Edlin returns to the Sondheim Center stage in a Benefit Performance for the African Violet Foundation, and for Fairfield Middle School GOAL Class Field Trips.
Miller Realty are the Sponsors of this Special Anniversary Show.
'I am plumper and greyer, looking more like Churchill every year! The play just gets tighter and more polished with time. It is an unusual privilege, as a playwright and as an actor, to have had the opportunity to improve and perform this play about this extraordinary man for 20 years.'
It is April 1955. Churchill, aged 80, 'the Man who won the War', agonizes in his wartime London bunker whether to resign as Prime Minister. The Cold War with Russia gathers pace. Winston is old, tired, and losing his grip. In making his choice, he rolls back the years and reviews his uniquely eventful career, filled with history-changing events and people, glorious speeches, pithy comments, funny stories, his checkered relationship with his family, and all the wit and wisdom that has made Churchill far beyond one of history's greatest figures into an imperishable legend.
"A marvelous show. From start to finish, our audience was hanging on every word. Every line, delivered perfectly by Mr. Edlin, was an insight into history and into the remarkable man who was Winston Churchill. There was laughter, tears, and moments of thoughtful silence as the esteemed British statesman graced our stage" - Warren Cultural Center, Greenfield IA, 10.1.16
"An astonishing performance - Edlin IS Churchill."
For more information about Churchill please visit churchillplay.com
The African Violet Foundation is a non-profit organization which has been serving and supporting middle and high school students in need, and their families, in Southeast Iowa for 11 years.
The AVF is most widely known for their Christmas gift program. This began in 2005 when the first 33 students were served at Fairfield High School. Since then, almost 500 middle and high school students in the Fairfield, Pekin, and Van Buren Community school districts are being served annually at Christmas.
In 2012, the Foundation began a community-wide clothing drive and distribution called Caring Through Clothing, collecting thru the year, and distributing on the day after Thanksgiving.
In 2016 the AVF acquired 54 Sth B Street as a free all-ages clothing store, with fixed part-time hours, or by appt.
Fairfield Community School District's Middle School Talented and Gifted program is called GOAL. GOAL classes take yearly spring field trips to enhance their curriculum, and all student costs must be covered through private fundraising or donations. These trips include visiting Nauvoo, IL, as part of the 6th grade Westward Expansion unit and Hannibal, MO, as part of the 7th grade Mark Twain unit. The 8th grade trip is an overnight stay in Des Moines as part of their Images of Greatness unit. The Des Moines trip varies from year to year, but past stops have included: The Des Moines Art Center, The Iowa State Historical Museum, The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum, The Des Moines Science Center, Temple Theatre for the Performing Arts, Drake University, The Des Moines Botanical Center, and the Iowa Hall of Pride.