I had the honor of performing in a presentation hosted by The Hamilton Street Club as part of their celebration of Bastille Day, a French national holiday that chronicles the violent chain of events, including the famous storming of the Bastille, which gave way to the bloody French Revolution! I portrayed, Sebastien Guillaume, a middle class blacksmith and member of the Sans-Culottes movement outraged at the conditions of France's "Third Estate". Sans-Culottes translates to "Without-Breeches" - a reference to the pants the French noblemen wore. The event took place on July 14th at the club headquarters located in the historic core of the Mt. Vernon neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland. Despite emergency construction due to multiple broken water mains all over downtown Baltimore, the venue boasted a full house! The audience had the chance to learn more about what led up to the French Revolution, they became immersed in the culture with a traditional French meal, wine, and music, and all while having enjoyed some excellent live entertainment by yours truly! Vive la France!
The Hamilton Street Club was founded in 1928 in a former stable by Olivia Holt as a women's club and salon dedicated to those "engaged in or interested in the liberal arts or professions". Today, they indulge in the same exchange of cultural and intellectual awareness upon which the club was founded. I'm very excited to have been invited and had a pleasure presenting for this celebration! Learn more about the event and the Hamilton Street Club below!