Oliver Hazard Perry: Hero of Lake Erie

Posted Aug 28th, 2013 by Heather Hoffman  Category: Arts & Entertainment


The Lourdes University Drama Society will kick-off its 2013-14 season on Tuesday, September 10, with a benefit performance of Oliver Hazard Perry: Hero of Lake Erie. The 35-minute monologue will feature Jeremy Meier who was commissioned by the Ohio Humanities Council to develop and write the play. At the conclusion of the performance, the audience will have a chance to participate in a question and answer period with the actor still in character.

Meier portrays Commodore Perry, one of the most significant naval leaders during the War of 1812. The show recalls the challenges of building a squadron in the remote frontier wilderness and the climactic battle that preserved the Old Northwest for the United States. The date of this performance is significant because it is the actual 200th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Lake Erie in which Perry was victorious over an entire British squadron.

Curtain time is 8 p.m. in the Franciscan Center Theatre and all tickets are $5, with proceeds benefitting the Lourdes University Drama Society. Tickets are limited and can be purchased in advance by calling the Franciscan Center box office at 419-824-3999.

Jeremy Meier is an Assistant Professor at Owens Community College, where he coordinates the Theater Program. Oliver Hazard Perry is the third historical character that Meier has developed and toured. He premiered an original performance as George Armstrong Custer in 2001 as part of Ohio Chautauqua: Buckeyes in the Civil War and also toured as John Dillinger in 2005 as part of Ohio Chautauqua: The Roaring Twenties. Meier has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater from Central Michigan University and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the Ohio State University. He now resides in Sylvania with his wife and daughter.

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