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Philip Morin Freneau (January 2, 1752–December 18, 1832) was a notable American poet, nationalist, polemicist, sea captain, and newspaper editor, sometimes called the “Poet of the American Revolution.” This half-hour historical drama was adapted into play form by Joe Bevilacqua, in association with W. John Bauer, English Professor, Kean University. It was first toured on stage with grants from the Monmouth County Historical Society and the New Jersey Historical Commission.
The play details Freneau’s fascinating life alongside the leaders of the Revolution, from George Washington to Ben Franklin, and features a fine cast, including Joe Bevilacqua as Philip Freneau, with William Melillo, Alison Nead, Rick Ramos, Leslie Spital, and Cathi Tully.
Joe Bevilacqua, also known as Joe Bev, is primarily known as a radio theater dramatist, but his career has taken him into every aspect of show business, including stage, film, and television, as a producer, director, writer, actor, and even cartoonist. In 1971 his father bought him a cassette recorder, on which he created his first audio story, Willoughby and the Professor, acting all the voices himself at the age of twelve. In 1975 Daws Butler, the voice of Yogi Bear and many other Hanna-Barbera and Jay Ward cartoon characters, dubbed himself Bevilacqua’s personal mentor after hearing a 120-minute cassette of Willoughby improvisations. Since 1980 Bevilacqua has produced many award-winning radio programs for National Public Radio, Sirius-XM Satellite Radio, and others.
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- Publisher: Waterlogg Productions
- Genre: Fiction
- ISBN-13: 978-1-4829-0951-7