2019 History Comes Alive Festival:  (June 17, 18, 19, 20)


Duel wits with Alexander Hamilton

Challenge Andrew Jackson

Weap with Jackie Kennedy

Heed the message of Malcolm X

Meet four amazing people at the center of a Revolution – hear their stories – ask them how their world changed. You’ll laugh – you’ll cry – you’ll have lots of questions. And they’ll be answered. Bring your stories. Share your experiences. Get inspired. Because it’s not just history – it’s personal.

All performances are free and open to the public.

All Buncombe Chautauqua shows will be held at AB Technical College in the Ferguson Auditorium, , Asheville NC  | MAP

Tickets are TBA per show. Tickets are available at the door. Box Office opens at 6pm each show night. For groups of 20 or more, please contact:  buncombe2018@gmail.com


Alexander Hamilton | portrayed by Ian Rose

Monday June 18 at 7pm – Ferguson Auditorium, A-B Technical College
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Seen the musical? Read the Book? Now at Chautauqua you can personally duel wits with Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who mastered the arts of wit, war, and wealth, long before becoming the subject of Broadway’s Hamilton: An American Musical.

An illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean, Hamilton epitomizes the American dream — poor immigrant makes good. He went on to help win the Revolutionary War and ratify the Constitution, create the country’s financial system, charm New York’s most eligible ladies, and land his face on our $10 bill.

What did Alexander Hamilton ever do besides get shot in a duel by Aaron Burr? Why did Adams and Jefferson hate him so much? Disputes that arose during America’s first decades continued through American history to our present day. The duel of wits of our Founding Fathers fought illustrates that after the American Revolutionary War was won – the real Revolution began.

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Malcolm X | portrayed by Darrick Johnson

Tuesday June 18 at 7pm – Ferguson Auditorium, A-B Technical College
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Malcolm X is still seen as one of the most controversial figures – from one of the most highly charged periods in American history. His assassination and those of JFK, MLK and RFK  rocked the nation. There is nothing more powerful and revolutionary than a martyr’s cause.

Alive Malcolm X was a polarizing figure who both energized and divided African Americans, while frightening and alienating whites. Now, fifty-six years after his death, we are still coming to grips with the complexity and power of his revolutionary message.

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Andrew Jackson | portrayed by Larry Bounds

Wednesday June 19 at 7pm – Ferguson Auditorium, A-B Technical College
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Andrew Jackson (the only president with an entire Age named for him) stormed into politics the champion of the Common Man (not, of course to include women, slaves or Native Americans.)

He added vast regions of the South to the US, but it was land brutally wrested from Native Americans. He was the champion of the common white man, who owned over 100 black Americans. He was the Founder of the Democratic Party, whose enemies accused him of being an American Napoleon.

As volatile as the Age of Jackson was, his fight for the rights of the average white male pointed the way for those excluded to seek rights of their own. The women, the slave, the free black and the Native American – rose up to demand Jacksonian Democracy be extended to them. The Jacksonian Era was nothing short of another American Revolution.

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Jackie Kennedy | portrayed by Leslie Goddard

Thursday June 20 at 7pm – Ferguson Auditorium, A-B Technical College
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One of the most photographed women of the 20th century, Jackie Kennedy mesmerized foreign leaders and the American people with her style and sophistication, creating a White House renowned for its beauty and culture. At the same time, her youth, privileged upbringing and highly public marriages made her instant tabloid fodder.

In her whirlwind ten-year marriage in the public eye, she gave birth to two children, miscarried, and bore a stillborn daughter and a two-day-old son who died just three months before her husband was assassinated. Her husband’s murder left her soaked in his blood and brains. At JFK’s funeral she held us all together and rekindled our national pride. Her widow’s weeds became a symbol of our own pain.

There is something mysterious and private about this very public person. Was she mythmaker of her husband’s legacy or shell shock PTSD survivor? How did America survive a decade of unprecedented political assassination and unpopular war? How did democracy survive the Revolutionary ‘60s?

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