As playwright, Rich has constructed events in the play which symbolize incidents and ideas from Woolman's life. The result is a compelling plot, focused on Woolman's turbulent youth. This makes the play particularly relevant to teens. The issues raised by the play are electrifying, challenging audience members of all ages not to settle for what our culture declares to be the norm, challenging them not to let the curse of racism fall upon the next generation.
A Hot Seat, which can follow A Clear Leading, allows Mr. Woolman to field questions from the audience. Rich stays in character, answering questions that arise for any of the characters in the play. This can be as powerful as the play itself, allowing audience members to explore the themes that stirred them.
Wow. Wow. Most moving artistic display against slavery I have ever seen.
--Tim Craig Campus Staff - NYC Arts Ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
"A Clear Leading: A One-person play about John Woolman"
Quaker Life, January/February 1997
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