Life and Times of General George Pickett
"The Life and Times of General George Pickett" returns to the stage in 2014 as the park continues its commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial.
Retired Hollywood director Andrew V. McLaglen ("The Blue & The Gray," "The Undefeated," and Shenandoah") has said of the show: "George Pickett was reincarnated in front of our eyes. Mike Vouri as General Pickett relived this man's life with a magnificent performance climaxing with the fateful order to charge Cemetery Hill at Gettysburg, which will always be remembered as Pickett's Charge."
Each of the players wears uniforms, U.S. Army and Confederate, and Vouri demonstrates replica weapons and equipment throughout the performance.
The play has been presented to enthusiastic audiences throughout Washington State and British Columbia, the former under the auspices of the Washington State Humanities Commission's Inquiring Mind series. They have also taken the play to Norfolk, VA for a command performance for the Pickett Society.
Vouri is the chief of interpretation and historian for San Juan Island National Historical Park, which on 2,098 acres of woodlands, beaches, and prairies commemorates the peaceful resolution of the water boundary dispute (or "Pig War") between the United States and Great Britain. He is the author of The Pig War: Standoff at Griffin Bay (1999 and 2013); Outpost of Empire: The Royal Marines and Joint Occupation of San Juan Island (2004); The Pig War (Arcadia Press, 2008), Friday Harbor (2009) and San Juan Island (2010). He has appeared in numerous theatrical productions on San Juan Island including The Laramie Project, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, A Christmas Carol, Lost in Yonkers and Private Lives.
Mike Cohen has been cited by the Smithsonian Institution as one of the catalysts for the 1950's folk revival in New York City where he recorded and played professionally with the Shanty Boys Folk Trio and Oscar Brand. He performs solo for the National Park Service on San Juan Island and with the folk group Sugar On The Floor that he formed to support local service organization functions. His musical family includes his brother, John Cohen of the New Lost City Ramblers. Mike also is an ecophyschology professor, author and researcher.
2014 Performance Schedule
July 11, August 21
Did You Know?
First Lieutenant James W. Forsyth was Capt. George E. Pickett's second in command on San Juan Island. Forsyth would become a brigadier general in the Civil War and go on to command the 7th Cavalry at the Battle of Wounded Knee Creek in 1890.