Part of the weekend-long celebration Drama in Every Human Life: The Art of Romulus Linney ’53.
Shortly before his death in 2011, playwright Romulus Linney ’53 finished his play, The Flower Hunter, in which he tells the tale of William Bartram (1739-1823), considered by many to be the first naturalist to penetrate the dense tropical forests of Florida. Setting out from Pennsylvania to document the unchartered south’s flora and fauna, Bartram realizes his own life’s purpose during his four-year journey.
Director John Dillon, who had an especially close relationship with Romulus Linney. will lead Oberlin’s staged reading of The Flower Hunter. Dillon wrote the forward to one of Linney’s best known play collections, Seventeen Short Plays; and he staged the world premieres of several of Linney’s works.