Film, TV, stage star, film director and author, Chris Weatherhead, co-founder of Actor's Theatre of South Carolina, will bring “Rebecca & The Fox”, a new one–act play about the adventures of famous American Revolutionary War heroine, Rebecca Brewton Motte, to Cameron Auditorium, Sunday, November 10th, 2013 at 3 p.m.. This performance, is a part of Veteran’s Day events, and will be directed by Clarence Felder, veteran Broadway, film and TV actor/director and Calhoun County native. It is a partnership with the William Thomson Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina.
“It was a time of great danger and many intrigues,” Clarence Felder reports. “Chris’ one-woman show includes Rebecca’s experiences with many heroes; General ‘Swamp Fox’ Francis Marion, Isaac Hayne, William Moultrie, 'Lighthorse' Harry Lee and George Washington’s brilliant protégé, Lt. Colonel John Laurens. These men were all committed patriots, fighting the British in South Carolina, using every resource.” Weatherhead adds,. “It’s an honor to shine light on this astounding and brilliant woman who lived in two key locations of the war in our state, Charlestown and a bluff on the Congaree River, where she helped fight against the British with so many extraordinary men. She was a very resourceful woman.
Rebecca Motte was imprisoned in her home on King Street when Sir Henry Clinton chose it as his headquarters during the Siege of Charlestown in 1780. She found a clever way to hide her daughters for seven months before being allowed to move to her home on the Congaree River. Mrs. Motte gained great fame supplying some incendiary arrows to Francis Marion and “Lighthorse” Harry to facilitate burning the British out of Motte’s Midland home when it had become a key fort for supply lines. Lee joined Marion under orders from General Nathanael Greene to take over the fort, but the British were dug in with Lord Rawdon apparently rushing to help. The quick-witted and resourceful Mrs. Motte found a way to join in the fight. She was praised by the officers and made many more contributions to securing liberty for our new nation.
Doris Ellen Hane, who is the William Thomson Chapter Regent adds, “We are thrilled to partner with Actor’s Theatre of South Carolina to present “Rebecca & The Fox.” Our chapter is so proud of Rebecca Motte and all she did to aid the patriots as they fought the British.”
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