Saturday, May 6  •  7:30pm

“THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER,” a telling by David PB Stephens

  • Location: Community Room
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“It’s a story they tell in the border country, where Massachusetts joins Vermont and New Hampshire.”*

Hailed as an instant classic when published in the The Saturday Evening Post in 1936, “The Devil and Daniel Webster” by Stephen Vincent Benét stands in the front ranks of great American short stories.  A hard-luck New Hampshire farmer sells his soul to the Devil and then in contrition enlists the help of Daniel Webster, ” .. the Union’s stay and New Hampshires pride…” to win it back in trail.  The Devil summons a judge and jury of the worst criminals and traitors from our history, and Webster must convince them to set free their fellow man.  Can he?  The verdict is a testament of Stephen Vincent Benét’s deep faith in the flawed beauty of the American journey.

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This thirty-five minute presentation will be followed by a post-show discussion with Mr. Stephens.

David PB Stephens is a graduate of Dension University, Granville, OH with a B.A. in History and Religious Studies.  He was a member of the acting company at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island for seven years, and a Visiting Artist in the Arts in Education Program of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.   His regional theatre credits include the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the American Repertory Theatre, Charlotte Rep, and Yale Repertory Theatre.

Mr. Stephens appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

* “The Devil and Daniel Webster” by Stephen Vincent Benét. Copyright © 1936 by Stephen Vincent Benét. Copyright renewed © 1964 by Thomas C. Benét, Stephanie B. Mahin and Rachel Benét Lewis. Used by permission of Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc. Any copying or distribution of this text is expressly forbidden. All rights reserved.