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'An Afternoon or Evening with Evangelist Billy Sunday' in Pleasanton

Museum holds series in-person and online
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Chautauquan scholar-performer Doug Mishler portrays evangelist Billy Sunday.

The Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton is set to host an interactive performance bringing late evangelist preacher Billy Sunday to life this month through the Museum on Main's Ed Kinney Speaker Series.

Scholar Doug Mishler will portray Sunday in the Chautauquan performance style for both in-person and online versions of the "An Afternoon or Evening with..." program. Tickets remain on sale for the live shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 20 as well as for the webinar through BigMarker on Sept. 27.

"Chautauqua performances are a unique way for people, young and old alike, to engage with history and historical personalities. Actors bring historical characters out of the book or Wikipedia page and on to the stage, providing the audience with a monologue as a historical character and then answering the audiences' questions as the character," Jim DeMersman, the museum's outgoing executive director, said in a statement.

Sunday, who played eight seasons of professional baseball in the late 1800s, became one of the most influential evangelists in America as the century turned.

"Conducting more than 300 revivals with an estimated 100 million in attendance over his career," museum officials said, "Sunday's revivals and sermons reflected the emotional upheavals caused by transition from rural to industrial society in the United States in the early 20th century."

Mishler's portrayal will include a performance and Q&A session in character as Sunday, followed by the opportunity for more questions in reflection out of character.

For tickets and more information on "An Afternoon or Evening with Evangelist Billy Sunday", visit www.museumonmain.org or call 925-462-2766.

Tickets are also still on sale for the final performance of the 2022 Ed Kinney Speaker Series: "An Afternoon or Evening with Albert Einstein" on Oct. 4, starring actor Duffy Hudson as the famed scientist.