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Ted Lange lets freedom ring at Stella Adler

September 3, 2010

George Washington would have turned 114 the week some “black folks got together to protest slavery,” says playwright, director and actor Ted Lange. “This is 1846. Years before the Civil War begins and years after the American Revolution ends. Slavery is at its height. These black folks decide to do something to protest, something along the lines of the Boston Tea Party.”

They scheme to steal the uncracked Liberty Bell and ship it off to England where it can be stored until America abolishes slavery.

“The significance of the bell cracking later that year,” notes Lange, “is that you’re either on one side of liberty or the other. There were those who thought slavery should go on and those who thought it should end. The Liberty Bell becomes symbolic of the division in the country.” Read more.

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