During the month of June 2012, the New Castle Court House Museum, located at 211 Delaware St. in New Castle, Del., will present performances of "Resolved Unanimously," a play written by the museum's historic-site lead interpreter, Brian Cannon, commemorating the June 15, 1776 separation of the Three Lower Counties from Great Britain and Pennsylvania to form the Delaware State.
Set in the building where events depicted in the play took place 236 years ago, performances will be presented on the following days, and in conjunction with New Castle's annual Separation Day celebrations:
—Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
—Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 2:30 p.m.
Note: The play will be performed on the building's second floor, which is inaccessible to people with disabilities. Admission to the event is free and open to the public, but, due to space restrictions, reservations are required by calling 302-323-4453. No seating will be permitted once the play begins.
"Resolved Unanimously" dramatizes the activities of the Colonial Assembly of the Three Lower Counties (present-day New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties, Delaware) meeting in New Castle between August 1, 1774 and June 15, 1776—a time when the mood of the American colonies gradually shifted from acceptance of British rule to active support of the idea of independence. In the Lower Counties, this shift is well documented in the minutes of the Colonial Assembly, a treasure trove of information that serves as a guide for all events depicted in the performance.
The play opens in 1876, during the centennial year of the United States, with an un-named narrator in period dress leading the action. Six other actors, in Colonial dress, portray members of the Colonial Assembly whose deliberations led to Delaware's independence and its ultimate place as one of the 13 original United States of America. Performers will include Brian Cannon, Robert Vander Decker and David Price of the New Castle Court House Museum staff; Curt Stickel from the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs' Dover museum sites; and New Castle residents Jim Whisman, Peter Snow, Matt Lovlie and Robert Sigmund.
Born in Wilmington and raised in New Castle County, Brian Cannon served in the U.S. Air Force before attending Delaware Technical and Community College and Delaware State University. After a 25-year career in fire protection and safety management, he began a second career in the museum field. Cannon joined the staff of the New Castle Court House Museum in 1997. "Resolved Unanimously" is his first achievement as a playwright.