Seventy years after he was in office, President Harry S. Truman will come to life on stage with his grandson in the leading role in a show about his presidency.
In Give ‘em Hell, Harry!, Clifton Daniel will star as his grandfather for the first time.
Daniel is the son of Margaret Truman Daniel, the president’s only child, and E. Clifton Daniel, former managing editor of the New York Times.
Daniel said his grandfather’s presidency was shaped by several issues that are part of the national discussion today, including nuclear weapons and North Korea.
“A lot of the script, which was written in the mid-1970s, a lot of the script still lines up with what's happening today,” he said. “Not only talking about Korea but about people in office and how they should behave. A lot of it's still germane today.”
The show is playing at Thalian Hall’s Ruth & Bucky Stein Theater beginning Thursday, Oct. 12.
It runs through Sunday, Oct. 22.
The production is directed by Tony Rivenbark.
Tickets are available at the Thalian Hall Box Office at 310 Chestnut Street or online at www.thalianhall.org.
Daniel has spent much of his life educating the public about the Truman presidency and family.
He authored Growing Up With My Grandfather: Memories of Harry S. Truman and Dear Harry, Love Bess: Bess Truman’s Love Letters to Harry Truman, 1919-1943.
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