Chicago labor lawyer-turned playwright, Tom Geoghegan, has a new show called Monticello. It sets up a hypothetical historic meeting between Edgar Allan Poe and Thomas Jefferson. As Geoghegan’s story goes, Jefferson struggles with his legacy as a slave-owning founding father 50 years after writing the declaration of independence. A prominent statesman and diplomat, Jefferson’s international connections won’t come to rescue his deep debt and end-of-life regrets. Monticello is playing at the St. Bonaventure Oratory through September 3, 2017.
Global Citizen, Nari Safavi, talks with Geoghegan about the play and brings us some other global events to check out this weekend.