Monday, July 06, 2015
National Constitution Center in Philadelphia presents "We the People": one-man play with cyclorama
Yesterday (Sunday July 5, 2015), I attended a one-man play “We the People” in the Kimmel Theater (Arena) in the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia ($5).
An actor tells the story of the Revolutionary War and then the development of and signing of the Constitution and later the Bill of Rights (1791). Around him, a cyclorama appears, along with various videos.
He points out that many individual rights we consider fundamental today were left to the states. That was particularly true of slavery, as well as women’s suffrage, and finally LGBT rights and equality (for which there is a separate temporary exhibit).
The play summarizes the development of these more modern rights and quickly takes us through the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.
In the circular area around the theater, there are many exhibits showing how the interpretation of the Constitution changed and how modern ideas of fundamental rights evolved. For example, the taking of Native American lands is shown, as is Andrew Jackson’s populism.
The Mobius Strip was interesting – not sure how it fits into history.