Teddy Roosevelt

The Man In The Arena



Written, produced and performed by Derek Evans

March 12 - April 19
Upstairs Mainstage
Thu-Sat @ 7:30pm 

Sat & Sun @ 2:30pm

Theodore Roosevelt, “Teddy” to the world, was the face of America for more than a generation. Powerful, opinionated and fiercely loyal, he stood for an honest, honorable and muscular America. He fought hard for ordinary people, he held out for high ideals, and he never preached anything he didn’t practice. Come and meet the man Owen Wister called “the most American American who ever lived!”

Approx 75 minutes run time
All ages

DEREK EVANS is a professional actor and scholar who has spent a career of almost forty years engaged in educational presentations for schools, colleges, museums and libraries. He has conservatory training at New York University and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and holds bachelors and masters degrees from Northwestern University. He is the veteran of more than 40 age productions in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco. 

In addition to his legit theatre career, from 1969 through 1988 he wrote, produced and performed in educational programs in association with Chicago’s Urban Gateways. These totaled more than seven thousand performances for more than two and a half million students and included Shakespeare, opera and American and British literary adaptations. 

Since 1999 he has concentrated on living history presentations based on the life of Theodore Roosevelt, which have now totaled over 500 performances. In addition to the usual educational institutions, he has provided made to order presentations for CenterStage!, Seattle WA; Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa CA; the Chicago Historical Society, Chicago IL; the Schauer Center, Hartford WI; Events Unlimited, Houston TX; the Yavapai Community PAC, Prescott AZ; the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody WY; Arkansas State University, Mountain Home AR; the Grand Opera House, Oshkosh WI; the Glenridge Performing Arts Center, Sarasota FL; the Howard Auditorium, Tifton GA; and the White House Visitor Center, Washington DC.