History will come alive Tuesday during the 25th annual Summer Chautauqua in the Park in Humphrey Heritage Village at Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center.
This year’s event is titled “From Pizarro to Picasso: Hispanic Legacy in America Today” and will examine five historical figures of Hispanic heritage whose lives influenced American culture: Francisco Pizarro, Bartolomé de Las Casas, Elizabeth Catlett, Ernesto “Che” Guevara and Pablo Picasso.
Each day will feature a different historical figure. The main event will be performances each night at 7:30 p.m. The scholars will take to the stage and impersonate figures whose lives and legacies span hundreds of years, and whose influence is felt in many countries and continents. Performances consist of a half-hour monologue told from the perspective of the figure. Two audience Q&A segments follow. In the first, the scholar addresses questions in character, and then out of character for the second.
Tuesday evening’s figure will be Francisco Pizarro, portrayed by Hank Ficken. The famous, or infamous, conquistador led the charge that toppled the Incan Empire.
Bartolomé de Las Casas, a Spanish historian and friar portrayed by Paul Vickery, performs Wednesday.
American-Mexican artist Elizabeth Catlett, portrayed by Ilene Evans, follows with a Thursday night act.
Revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara, portrayed by Joey Madia, will speak about his life and experiences on Friday.
Saturday, the final night, belongs to legendary artist Pablo Picasso, portrayed by Doug Mishler.
Before each character takes the stage, local talent will perform for those attending, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Workshops featuring each of the five figures also are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. and noon Tuesday through Saturday in Humphrey Heritage Village church.
All workshops and performances are free to attend.
In addition to the scholar workshops, a special workshop is set to take place at 9 a.m. Wednesday, with John and Laurel Provine, who initially brought Summer Chautauqua to Enid a quarter century ago. During their workshop, the pair will talk about the history of Chautauqua and Enid’s own beginnings of the Chautauqua program.
Chautauqua in the Park has become a much-anticipated event in Enid for a quarter of a century.
We encourage as many people as possible to get out and enjoy the presentations.
It’s always a good time, and you might learn something, too.