Shows by Dwane Starlin


“The Death of the Hired Man” by Robert Frost

“Rosalie” by Marilyn Bennett

“Adapted from The Diaries of Adam and Eve” by Mark Twain
Performers: Dwane Starlin & Marilyn Bennett: Met at a film shoot on October 14, 1990 and have been an “item” ever since.

Join Dwane Starlin, local actor-musician & historian as he traces the transition from Saint Nicholas to our modern Santa or Father Christmas through word & song. He has been portraying the jolly gentleman professionally in the Metropolitan DC area since 2001. He finds this gig to be rewarding and never boring; especially since he frequently is also called upon to do Ebenezer Scrooge as an alternative and contrasting character. He is adept at either “Ho Ho Ho” as well as “Bah Humbug!” Happy Holidays!

Ebenezer Scrooge was an unpopular, grumpy, elderly British male human. He was a banker, and a usurious moneylender. He worked at a counting house. He was disgusted by the poor, and praised workhouses. And he hated Christmas! During the night before Christmas, 1843, Scrooge was visited by four spirits, who showed him that he hadn't always been so miserable, that he should love Christmas, and that his actions have massive consequences, and if he didn't change his ways, it would be all the worse for him! Ever since that night, Scrooge has been the most wonderful person. He was always merry, and always cheerful.

Join us for a special performance by local actor Dwane Starlin as he embodies the life and spirit of the great author and storyteller, Charles Dickens. Drawing from Dickens' great and popular work, “A Christmas Carol,” Mr. Starlin has crafted a unique one-man show that tells the often-repeated story of this literary master.

ROBERT FROST-An American Poet:
Written and performed by actor Dwane Starlin, this one-man show examines the life, work and times of Robert Frost, winner of four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry and United States Poet Laureate, 1958-1959. He was the first poet to speak at a Presidential Inauguration.

Walter Cronkite: “The Most Trusted Man in America”:
Written and Performed by Dwane Starlin. Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. (November 4, 1916 – July 17, 2009) was an American broadcast journalist, best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–81). During the heyday of CBS News in the 1960s and 1970s, he was often cited as "the most trusted man in America" after being so named in an opinion poll. He reported many events from 1937 to 1981, including bombings in World War II; the Nuremberg trials; combat in the Vietnam War; Watergate; the Iran Hostage Crisis; and the murders of President John F. Kennedy, civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr., and Beatles musician John Lennon. He was also known for his extensive coverage of the U.S. space program, from Project Mercury to the Moon landings to the Space Shuttle. He was the only non-NASA recipient of a Moon-rock award. Cronkite is well known for his departing catchphrase "And that's the way it is," followed by the date on which the appearance aired.

Performed by Dwane Starlin, local actor-performer as he delves into Shakespeare’s characters & speeches including Iago, Hamlet, Claudius, Macbeth and Prospero, some of the most interesting and complex characters of his works. Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. His writings are considered along with the King James Bible to be the bedrock of the English Language.

Tea with Santa: A virtual visit
Santa is comin’ to town… for tea! Spend time meeting Santa, posing for photos with Saint Nick, singing carols, reading stories and playing games.
TRASH OR TREASURE? Exhausted from the trials & tribulations of down-sizing? Curious as to whether what you kept or gave away in the past was valuable or not? Discover how to downsize and how to decide what to toss or keep those mementos! COME JOIN DWANE STARLIN, LOCAL ORAL HISTORIAN AND CHARITY AUCTIONEER AS HE EXPLORES THE WORLD OF KEEPSAKES AND MEMENTOS AS WELL AS DETERMINE WHETHER WHAT TO LOOK FOR. PLEASE BRING & SHARE YOUR SOUVENIRS, KEEPSAKES OR COLLECTIBLES FOR EXAMINATION, DISCUSSION & REVIEW.
JOHN PHILIP KAZOUSA: On August 9, 2010 the San Francisco Giants hosted a Jerry Garcia tribute night, in which an ensemble of an estimated 9,000 kazooists played Take Me Out to the Ball GameThe kazoo is an American musical instrument that adds a buzzing quality to a player's voice when the player vocalizes, hums or blows into it Similar hide-covered vibrating and voice-changing instruments have been used in Africa for hundreds of years, often for ceremonial purposes. Local musician Dwane Starlin strikes up Kazousa’s band with the audience providing the sounds via their complimentary kazoos. Keep Calm & Kazoo on!

Come hear & see Dwane Starlin channel the premier American barrister of the first third of the 20th century. Listen to Darrow recall how he defended over 100 defendants without losing one to the gallows. His trials during that time included the Scopes as well as the Leopold-Loeb.

Joseph Henry: First Secretary of the Smithsonian. Written and Performed by Dwane Starlin.
Joseph Henry (December 17, 1797 – May 13, 1878) was an American scientist who served as the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, as well as a founding member of the National Institute for the Promotion of Science, a precursor of the Smithsonian Institution. He served as Secretary of the Smithsonian from December 8, 1846 until he died on 13 May 1878, and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in the Georgetown section of northwest Washington, D.C. He was highly regarded during his lifetime. Henry developed the electromagnet into a practical device. He invented a precursor to the electric doorbell (specifically a bell that could be rung at a distance via an electric wire, 1831) and electric relay (1835). From September, 2011 to September, 2013 Dwane Starlin was employed full-time as an actor portraying Joseph Henry, the first Secretary of the Smithsonian at the National Museum of American History (NMAH.)

Hardcover: John Clagget Proctor (1867-1956) lived his entire life in Washington, DC. He earned a law degree from the National University Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1894. He was active in several DC organizations, including the Masons, the Society of Natives, the Association of the Oldest Inhabitants, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, the Columbia Historical Society, and the DC Federation of Citizen's Associations. He wrote occasional articles for The Sunday Star newspaper from 1928 until the early 1950s, which were collected in the 1949 volume Proctor's Washington and Environs. In 1950, he self-published his volume of collected poems, Proctor's Poems.
Origin of "Taps"

During the Civil War, in July 1862 when the Army of the Potomac was in camp, Brig. Gen. Daniel Butterfield summoned Pvt. Oliver Wilcox Norton, his brigade bugler, to his tent. Butterfield, who disliked the colorless "extinguish lights" call then in use, whistled a new tune and asked the bugler to sound it for him. After repeated trials and changing the time of some notes which were scribbled on the back of an envelope, the call was finally arranged to suit Gen. Butterfield and used for the first time that night. Pvt. Norton, who on several occasions, had sounded numerous new calls composed by his commander, recalled his experience of the origin of "Taps" years later:
"One day in July 1862 when the Army of the Potomac was in camp at Harrison's Landing on the James River, Virginia, resting and recruiting from its losses in the seven days of battle before Richmond, Gen. Butterfield summoned the writer to his tent, and whistling some new tune, asked the bugler to sound it for him. This was done, not quite to his satisfaction at first, but after repeated trials, changing the time of some of the notes, which were scribbled on the back of an envelope, the call was finally arranged to suit the general.
Famous Last Words

THE LAST SALUTE OF General of the Armies John J. Pershing.
General of the Armies John J. Pershing, then the nation's highest ranking military official, died on 15 July 1948, at the age of eighty-seven, at the Army's Walter Reed General Hospital, Washington, D.C. He had been a patient there since 6 May 1941, residing in a small wing set aside for him.

A plan to honor General Pershing with a State Funeral had been written ten years earlier when he seemed near death. After his recovery, the plan was closely guarded and over the decade following was substantially revised to incorporate changes directed by the Army Chief of Staff with the consent of F. Warren Pershing, the general's son. The version finally used was prepared in 1945 (and classified Top Secret), but it included some changes made later.

The plan met the preferences of General Pershing. Years before his death he had expressed a wish to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery and had selected a small hill in a southeastern section of the cemetery as his gravesite. The ground sloped away from this site to a level plot containing the graves of hundreds of men whom he had commanded in World War I. A military man for sixty-six years, General Pershing had insisted upon a purely military funeral. Accordingly, the plan restricted organizational participation in the ceremonies to the active Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. The National Guard, the Organized Reserve Corps, and patriotic organizations were to be represented only in the audience invited to attend the funeral service.

The ceremonies were scheduled for 17-19 July. For twenty-four hours the general's body was to lie in the chapel at Walter Reed General Hospital, to be visited only by relatives, close friends, members of the hospital staff, and long-time fellow patients. For another twenty-four hours the body was to lie in state in the rotunda of the Capitol, where the public would be admitted. During the afternoon of the third day, General Pershing's body was to be escorted by a procession from the Capitol to Arlington National Cemetery for honors at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, funeral service in the Memorial Amphitheater, and last rites at the gravesite.