William Stillman, Acropolis, plate 15, 1870

William Stillman, Acropolis, plate 15, 1870

by DeeGee Lester

Richard Northcutt plays William Stillman

Richard Northcutt plays William Stillman

In conjunction with the current exhibition of 1869 photographs of Athens, Greece, the Nashville Parthenon continues the presentation (which premiered November 16) of Wish You Were Here, a one-man play about the photographer William J. Stillman. Written by Valerie Hart and directed by Robert Kiefer, the play explores the life of Stillman—painter, diplomat, photographer, and the ultimate networking genius who developed associations with the major figures of his era on both sides of the Atlantic. Actor Richard Northcutt captures the complexities of one of history’s little-known but infinitely interesting figures who could playfully brush aside Oscar Wilde, explain the architectural musings of John Ruskin, and be alternately funny, tender, and exasperating.

Funded by the Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, the play expands the museum’s educational offerings while introducing visitors to an exciting and rewarding entertainment experience.

The Parthenon’s west gallery, which houses the Stillman photographs and a rare copy of Stillman’s 1870 book The Acropolis of Athens, Illustrated Picturesquely and Architecturally in Photographs, serves as the site for the production which is offered January 11 and 25 and February 8 and 22 with show times at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. There is no additional charge for the play beyond the usual museum admission fee.

For more information visit www.nashville.gov.

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