INGERSOLL SPEAKS - AGAIN!

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“INGERSOLL SPEAKS – AGAIN!”

BY POPULAR DEMAND – AN EXTENDED ENCORE PRODUCTION OF
“INGERSOLL SPEAKS!” FROM HF 2017

THE GREATEST AMERICAN YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF.
Robert Ingersoll (1833-1899) The most influential intellectual in American history; a tireless activist, Ingersoll supported equal rights for minorities, called for women to be given the vote, and was the inspiration for both the U.N. and the birth control pill.

He was also the most outspoken foe of religion this country has ever known, and the father of America's Golden Age of Freethought .

“The future historian will rank Robert G. Ingersoll peerless among the great…” Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“The name Robert Ingersoll is in the pantheon of the world.” Eugene Debs

“I have only but known two truly great men. Abraham Lincoln and Robert Ingersoll.” Frederick Douglass.

Adapted and performed by Ernest Kearney
The creator of “Out My Window” (HF 2014 re-staged at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble & “My Alamo War” Best of the Fringe 2016)
Directed by Dennis Gersten
Produced by David Narine & Marlene Kearney

REVIEWS FROM LAST YEAR'S “INGERSOLL SPEAKS!”

“Go if you dare and tremble because it is not an old philosopher but a passionate advocate for freedom and justice and, yes, compassion on that stage.”

“…a passionate writer/performer…”

“A fun, informative and greatly theatrical evening. Recommended!”

“I loved the originality, authenticity, relevancy and resurrection of using public speaking from a man who lived over a hundred years ago. It is shockingly applicable for current political woes.”

“My goodness I enjoyed this show. A beautiful and inspiring solo piece about an American patriot and thinker who's been virtually ignored by history, yet whose words and advice on saving our democracy are powerful and necessary even today. So well performed by Ernest Kearney.”

“An hour that went by in a moment. Wonderfully conceived, thoroughly compelling and illuminating. Too short!”

“Should be called INGERSOLL ROCKS!”

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Ernest Kearney is a consummate stage actor. His incarnation of Ingersoll is intelligent, touching, profoundly generous and develops a captivating actor-audience relationship. The merger between the actor and this fact-based character is subtle and heartfelt. I came from the performance with a vastly increased understanding of the historical Ingersoll and a poignant - if not scary - understanding of how little we've evolved over the centuries. I also came away feeling I knew more about Kearney as an actor as his performance is so personalized and personal. This production is entertaining, informative and thought-provoking. What more can one ask of a one-person, one-act, intimate piece?

sweet - Bella Merlin


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I had no idea who Ingersoll was before seeing this show, but I learned so much, not necessarily facts about him, but about his character, which was all the more fascinating thanks to a wonderful performance by Ernest Kearney.

sweet - spencer101f


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This show surpassed my expectations by far!! WHAT A TERRIFIC SHOW !!!! The writing, the acting and even the costume were Magnificent. I loved the way the actor related to the audience and to the props and mostly how he embodied Ingersoll. Excellent play!!! Excellent production!!!

sweet - Kathie B


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I have to start out by saying, I had no intention of catching this show. I had not heard of Robert Ingersoll and was not in the mood for a History Lesson. Earnest won me over on the hard streets of the Fringe. Every time, the guy saw me he called me out by name. I can not resist kindness. I wish I could listen to Ingersoll speak today, tomorrow and everyday. His life, thoughts and writings are fascinating and contemporary. The mere idea that the Devil has gotten a bad rap in our minds and for what? Literally, what has the Devil done over the course of humanity that is worse that just one of the angry outbursts of God? Kearney's channels Ingersoll's spirit for just over an hour and his dialogue is just replete with thought provoking text. Ingersoll's cultural insights are piercing and relevant today. His take on the human condition is what I look forward to taking in, moving forward. I was taken aback by everything, including Kearney's powerful performance. Loved his character work, and attention to detail all they way through costuming. I love learning new things and this experience with Kearney and Ingersoll was wholly satisfying. Thank you Earnest for introducing us all to a piece of History that is every bit alive as the stories, life, turmoil and hope we are creating today. Perhaps, Ingersoll will speak yet again in 2019?

sweet - Cheryl Wilson


Mitchell Bisschop

A heretic's wet dream! An intellectual journey through the mind of a man few have heard of, who lived a 100 yrs ago, and who's ideas and observations are as relevant today as they were subversive back then. Where is our Ingersoll today?! Who do us Atheists turn to today?! I have too many favorite quotes from this show, none of which I will spoil here…but know, that I want to! Matter of fact and respectfully anti-religion. These are not negatives for me, but they might turn some more devout people off.

sweet - Mitchell Bisschop


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I was amazed how ahead of his time Ingersoll was on so many issue (race, women's rights, religion, etc). The man would likely be considered radical if he lived today! Even more impressive was Kearney's portrayal. With a larger than life figure such as Ingersoll, it would be easy to seem a pale copy or to reduce the man to sound bytes. Kearney brings passion, wit and humanity in his writing and acting as Ingersoll giving him new life even in 2018. I was captivated from start to finish. In short: the subject was interesting, the delivery was wonderful, and there was not a dull moment to be found!

sweet - Angela Acuna


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A captivating one man show by an actor who completely embodies a fascinating near forgotten historical figure, who was about a century and half ahead of his time in terms of his views of race, sex and religion. Full of witty and profound insights that are just as relevant today as they were when they were originally uttered. My favorite line, and I may be slightly paraphrasing here, was about how all societies, regardless if they are Christian or not, already have laws against killing because, “the vast majority of people tend to be against being murdered!”

sweet - David Lucarelli


Jim Vejvoda

This is a history buff's treat and a compelling one-man show dissecting politics and religion (primarily the latter. The central performance keeps you engrossed in the rather heady discussion. The play is also laced with ample doses of humor. My one nitpick is that some of the lighting seemed a bit harsh. (And I do wish the street noise could've been lessened somehow -- I know, I know -- but, c'mon, Ingersoll was speaking!)

sweet - Jim Vejvoda


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Kearney brought Ingersoll to life, and spoke words that needed to be heard in this day and age. Even though they are from around 150 years ago, they still apply. Once can clearly see why the religionists in power feared this man, and even essentially banned him from speaking in a number of states. Consider the impact of his speaking today? This is a show that everyone should see for the message that it brings back from the past, that remains relevant — especially so in the Era of Trump.

sweet - Daniel Faigin - CA Highways - ...read full review


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Ingersoll is a fun amd interesting look at the writings of a now rarely heard of historical figure. It centers around his writings and opinions about religion. The actor/writer is clearly very passionate about the man Ingersoll and this shines through the entire performance. Its quite maddening so little has changed for society since the 1800s

sweet - Denise Barrett


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Kearney brought Ingersoll to life, and spoke words that needed to be heard in this day and age. Even though they are from around 150 years ago, they still apply. Once can clearly see why the religionists in power feared this man, and even essentially banned him from speaking in a number of states. Consider the impact of his speaking today? This is a show that everyone should see for the message that it brings back from the past, that remains relevant — especially so in the Era of Trump.

sweet - Daniel Faigin - CA Highways - ...read full review


Avatar

Ernest Kearney is a consummate stage actor. His incarnation of Ingersoll is intelligent, touching, profoundly generous and develops a captivating actor-audience relationship. The merger between the actor and this fact-based character is subtle and heartfelt. I came from the performance with a vastly increased understanding of the historical Ingersoll and a poignant - if not scary - understanding of how little we've evolved over the centuries. I also came away feeling I knew more about Kearney as an actor as his performance is so personalized and personal. This production is entertaining, informative and thought-provoking. What more can one ask of a one-person, one-act, intimate piece?

sweet - Bella Merlin


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I had no idea who Ingersoll was before seeing this show, but I learned so much, not necessarily facts about him, but about his character, which was all the more fascinating thanks to a wonderful performance by Ernest Kearney.

sweet - spencer101f


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This show surpassed my expectations by far!! WHAT A TERRIFIC SHOW !!!! The writing, the acting and even the costume were Magnificent. I loved the way the actor related to the audience and to the props and mostly how he embodied Ingersoll. Excellent play!!! Excellent production!!!

sweet - Kathie B


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I have to start out by saying, I had no intention of catching this show. I had not heard of Robert Ingersoll and was not in the mood for a History Lesson. Earnest won me over on the hard streets of the Fringe. Every time, the guy saw me he called me out by name. I can not resist kindness. I wish I could listen to Ingersoll speak today, tomorrow and everyday. His life, thoughts and writings are fascinating and contemporary. The mere idea that the Devil has gotten a bad rap in our minds and for what? Literally, what has the Devil done over the course of humanity that is worse that just one of the angry outbursts of God? Kearney's channels Ingersoll's spirit for just over an hour and his dialogue is just replete with thought provoking text. Ingersoll's cultural insights are piercing and relevant today. His take on the human condition is what I look forward to taking in, moving forward. I was taken aback by everything, including Kearney's powerful performance. Loved his character work, and attention to detail all they way through costuming. I love learning new things and this experience with Kearney and Ingersoll was wholly satisfying. Thank you Earnest for introducing us all to a piece of History that is every bit alive as the stories, life, turmoil and hope we are creating today. Perhaps, Ingersoll will speak yet again in 2019?

sweet - Cheryl Wilson


Mitchell Bisschop

A heretic's wet dream! An intellectual journey through the mind of a man few have heard of, who lived a 100 yrs ago, and who's ideas and observations are as relevant today as they were subversive back then. Where is our Ingersoll today?! Who do us Atheists turn to today?! I have too many favorite quotes from this show, none of which I will spoil here…but know, that I want to! Matter of fact and respectfully anti-religion. These are not negatives for me, but they might turn some more devout people off.

sweet - Mitchell Bisschop


Avatar

I was amazed how ahead of his time Ingersoll was on so many issue (race, women's rights, religion, etc). The man would likely be considered radical if he lived today! Even more impressive was Kearney's portrayal. With a larger than life figure such as Ingersoll, it would be easy to seem a pale copy or to reduce the man to sound bytes. Kearney brings passion, wit and humanity in his writing and acting as Ingersoll giving him new life even in 2018. I was captivated from start to finish. In short: the subject was interesting, the delivery was wonderful, and there was not a dull moment to be found!

sweet - Angela Acuna


Avatar

A captivating one man show by an actor who completely embodies a fascinating near forgotten historical figure, who was about a century and half ahead of his time in terms of his views of race, sex and religion. Full of witty and profound insights that are just as relevant today as they were when they were originally uttered. My favorite line, and I may be slightly paraphrasing here, was about how all societies, regardless if they are Christian or not, already have laws against killing because, “the vast majority of people tend to be against being murdered!”

sweet - David Lucarelli


Jim Vejvoda

This is a history buff's treat and a compelling one-man show dissecting politics and religion (primarily the latter. The central performance keeps you engrossed in the rather heady discussion. The play is also laced with ample doses of humor. My one nitpick is that some of the lighting seemed a bit harsh. (And I do wish the street noise could've been lessened somehow -- I know, I know -- but, c'mon, Ingersoll was speaking!)

sweet - Jim Vejvoda


Avatar

Ingersoll is a fun amd interesting look at the writings of a now rarely heard of historical figure. It centers around his writings and opinions about religion. The actor/writer is clearly very passionate about the man Ingersoll and this shines through the entire performance. Its quite maddening so little has changed for society since the 1800s

sweet - Denise Barrett