CHARLOTTE -- "Charles Darwin: Live & In Concert" will be performed at 3 and 8 p.m. March 14 at The McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., Charlotte, to mark the 150th anniversary of publishing "The Origin of Species" and Darwin's 200th birthday (born Feb. 12, 1809). The show is presented by WLBancroft Productions Inc. of Lake Wylie as part The Bancroft Author Series.
Bancroft of Lake Wylie decided to promote science and raise awareness to the kind of stories that may not have received much media exposure.
"I'm trying to help people see from different points of view," he said. "It's great, especially when the kids come. It proves that entertainment doesn't have to be mindless."
The one-man production -- performed and written by songwriter, dramatist, anthropologist and historian of science Richard Milner -- includes a multi-media presentation of archival photos and paintings, and the full musical accompaniment of the performance.
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"I love every minute of my talks with Richard,"Bancroft said via e-mail. "I am always amazed on how he can talk for hours and speaks of the most amazing things in relation to science and Darwin."
The critically acclaimed production takes the audience on the voyage of the HMS Beagle, introducing them to Darwin's friends and enemies, and continues into the evolution controversies after his death, such as the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925. Fans of the show include Penn & Teller, Tony Randall, Sir David Attenborough and Stephen Jay Gould, as well as the Darwin family. Milner has appeared on the A&E Biography of Charles Darwin, BBC science specials and on History Channel programs about evolution.
Milner is currently at work on a new book, "Darwin's Universe." Milner also is an associate in anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where he is a contributing editor to Natural History magazine, and frequently publishes in Scientific American. He is the author of the award-winning " Encyclopedia of Evolution: Humanity's Search for its Origins."
For 15 years, Bill Bancroft of Lake Wylie traveled the United States and lived in more than 30 cities as a corporate promoter and setting up offices. Bancroft has chosen four authors, all involved in fields of science who have published peer-reviewed journal, to be part of the series traveling to other cities including Columbia, Charleston and Greenville. The series launched in January with "Evolution: What Fossils Say and Why it Matters" by Donald Prothero, who has been sole author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 22 books and more than 200 scientific papers. The series will run throughout the year traveling to other cities, including Columbia, Charleston and Greenville.
Tickets cost $25 or $20 for students, teachers, scientists, church groups and seniors, and are available at carolinatix.org. Part of the proceeds will go to buyingscience classrooms new science equipment at local high schools in Rock Hill and Charlotte where Bancroft is working with local high school science teachers.