Chautauqua History Comes Alive Festival - Greenville
Chautauqua History Comes Alive Festival: Reinventing America
Starring: Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, Hedy Lamarr and Rosa Parks
Get ready to laugh, cry and flat out have a great time at this ten-day – two-weekend festival of non-stop live history and fun for the whole family.
40 shows performed in costume by nationally acclaimed historical interpreters. And almost all the shows are FREE.
Meet American game-changers – hear their stories – ask them how they re-invented their world.
2:00pm - 3:00pm: Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla performed by Ian Ruskin
Nikola Tesla has been called many things: wizard, showman, prophet, charlatan, magician, and Father of the 20th Century – perhaps even of the 21st. He was a prophet dishonored in his own time, but revered in ours. Now he’s a rock star icon for billionaires, cyberpunks, and inventors who are still fiddling with everyday machines in their basements and garages. A car, a rock band, and a unit of magnetic measurement have been named after him.
Tesla sparked the electrical revolution that transformed daily life at the turn of the 20th century. This lone genius inventor is credited with inventing everything from radar to the microwave oven – including alternating current, the Tesla coil, and wireless transmission.
Called a madman by his enemies, a genius by others, and an enigma by nearly everyone, Nikola Tesla was a trailblazer who created astonishing, sometimes world-transforming devices that were virtually without theoretical precedent. He is now seen as a visionary who sparked the electrical revolution and wanted technology to be used for world peace.
Location: Hartness Performing Arts Center at Christ Church School, 245 Cavalier Dr, Greenville, SC
7:30pm - 9:00pm: Hedy Lamarr
Hedy Lamarr performed by Judith Kalaora
Who would have believed that “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World,” Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr, was a genuine celling crasher scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication, and made your cell phone, GPS, and Wi-Fi possible? But there’s no law that says an inventor can’t be beautiful.
She was the scintillating adolescent in Ekstase; the cunning wife who wrenched herself free from a dead marriage to a Nazi munitions mogul, the beautiful refugee who fled the Nazis to become a Hollywood movie siren, the Mark Zuckerburg-esque twenty-something brash enough to believe her inventions would upend the world. Perhaps the most important thing Hedy Lamarr reinvented was herself.
For all the girls, women, and anyone ever told they cannot do math, understand science, or change the universe, Hedy Lamarr will inspire you to continue your pursuit to reinvent your world.
There are chairs under the Tent. Or bring your own lawn seating. Tent is located at the 800 E Faris Rd entrance.
Rain site for show is Auditorium behind the Tent. On day of performance, look on the website Home page for weather updates.
Location: Greenville Technical College, 506 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, SC