The Biddeford Historical Society hosted the production of Liberty Defended by David A. DeTurk at the First Parish Meetinghouse, Aug. 14 & 15, 2021
On July 30, 1774, the citizens of Biddeford and Saco (at the time the same town) met in this Meetinghouse to decide whether or not they would support the Town of Boston, the capitol of the Province of Massachusetts (of which Maine was then a part), in its call for a voluntary non-importation agreement directed against Great Britain.
'Liberty Defended' is based on the events and unfolding human drama, it serves to remind us of the power individuals have in a democratic state, the force that can be exerted by a unified people when they choose to make their voices heard and their actions felt.
This staged reading, brought to you in partnership with the City Theater Associates, tells the true story of the colonial citizens of Biddeford answering the call of liberty, and sowing the seeds of the American Revolution.
Featuring local talent: Bobby Kane, Lydia Lorentz, Aurelia Lindsey, Jack Fossett, Jeff Newick, Val Nahorney, Irene Lemay, Sharon Roberts, Cynthia Graves, Rick Nadeau, Caryn Francis, Jeff Cabral, Coley Hatt, and Mark Nahorney.
This event was made possible in part through a generous grant by the Maine Arts Commission.