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Henderson Plays 'da Vinci' in PA/LS Finale


February 16, 2001

[ Roy Henderson Photo ]DELAWARE, OHIO -- Ohio Wesleyan's Performing Arts and Lecture Series (PA/LS) will end its 2000-01 season with the theatre production Legacy of da Vinci on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. in the Chappelear Drama Center.

Actor Roy Henderson presents a biographical drama about the life of the great artist/inventor/scientist/engineer Leonardo da Vinci. Henderson is a 47-year theatre veteran, and his long history in the entertainment industry includes five years with the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company in England.

Legacy of da Vinci, written by playwright Rusty Bynum, is a solo performance. Humorous, dramatically compelling, painstakingly researched, and historically accurate, Legacy of da Vinci is a powerful history of the man heralded as the father of the Renaissance.

"Leonardo da Vinci is probably best remembered for his great works of art," says Henderson. "We also know about his inventions, of course, and many of his anatomy drawings are used in textbooks today. But little is commonly known about his personal life. It was the classic rags-to-riches story: an illegitimate child who managed to become an integral part of some of the great royal courts in Europe. Yet in spite of his fame, his unhappy childhood haunted him all his life."

Single tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for senior citizens, and $4 for students ages 6 to 18. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 740-368-3185.