Bringing history to life in ‘Down the Great Unknown’ at Sierra College |

Bringing history to life in ‘Down the Great Unknown’ at Sierra College

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WHAT: “Down the Great Unknown” starring Earll Kingston

WHERE: Sierra College’s Nevada County Campus in Grass Valley, Building N-15, Room 101

WHEN: 7 tonight

TICKETS: Free admission

WHAT: Down the Great Unknown” starring Earll Kingston

WHERE: Sierra College’s Rocklin Campus, 5100 Sierra College Boulevard, Rocklin

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

TICKETS: Brown Paper Tickets

The Sierra College Natural History Museum brings actor Earll Kingston to portray John Wesley Powell in a one-man play today and Friday.

Written by John Muir actor and playwright Lee Stetson, “Down the Great Unknown” is a two-act play about the epic adventure of the first exploration down the Colorado River by boat in 1869.

Kingston portrays Major John Wesley Powell, handicapped by the loss of an arm in the Civil War, commanding a small flotilla of four boats rowed by nine brave men. For nearly 10 months the expedition survived the often-harrowing journey down the Green and Colorado Rivers, from the Wyoming Territory and through the territories of Utah and Arizona.

The story is told by an enthusiastic Major Powell, who describes the men, the boats, the rapids and the treacherous adventures of the then-unknown Colorado as it roared between the steep walls of the magnificent Grand Canyon.

Earll Kingston has performed for more than 50 years across the United States. He has performed this play more than 100 times — at Grand Canyon National Park, scores of universities and museums, and at United States Geological Survey complexes from Washington D.C. to Menlo Park, California. He is a member of California on State, a San Francisco-based group engaged in writing and performing stage and radio works based on California history.

Tonight’s performance will begin at 7 p.m. at Sierra College’s Nevada County Campus in Grass Valley in Building N-15, Room 101. Admission is free. Parking permit $3

Friday’s event will take place at the Dietrich Theater on Sierra College’s Rocklin Campus. $10 general admission, $5 for students and seniors. Parking is Free.

Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets.

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