In his critically acclaimed one-man show, radio personality Hans Petersen brings to life Tom Paine, penman of the American Revolution.
Release date: Wednesday, June 15th, 1994
In an intimate hour-long performance, Salt Lake City radio personality Hans Petersen brings to life a celebrated figure from America's revolutionary period in KUED-Channel 7's production ofTom Paine. Produced by KUED's Elizabeth Searles and directed by Ann Gallenson, the program is a dramatic exploration of English-born pamphleteer Thomas Paine, who was instrumental in the success of the American Revolution. His pamphlet, "Common Sense," published on January 10, 1776 approximately a year after his arrival in America, called upon the colonies to break with Great Britain. The pamphlet went through 25 editions and reached hundreds of thousands of people at a time when the typical pamphlet only reached several thousand. Paine's vision and broad appeal, however, unnerved some American officials. His "The Age of Reason" published in 1794 after his participation in the French Revolution, destroyed his standing in America. Paine died in New York in 1809, impoverished and reviled as an atheist.
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