Passages in the Life of an Unpractical Man

Photos by Renee DeKona

one-man play by

Gerry Wright



36 Perkins St., PO Box 300040, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-0030

Gerry Wright, Founder and President

Telephone: 617-524-7070


TTY/MA RELAY 800-439-2370


Sample Press Release

PRESS RELEASE (cut date Last Date to Announce the Event)



Title of Event and Sponsor Name


Frederick Law Olmsted, "Passages in the Life of An Unpractical Man" a one-man show by Gerry Wright


Location of Event, building Name, Address, Directions Wheelchair accessible?


Date, Day of Week, Time Additional Time Details Pre or After Receptions


$00 Adults, $00 Seniors & Students, $00 Children (Group and volunteer rates available??)



Event Producer Contact: Telephone, Email, Fax, Web site Link

Interviews: Gerry Wright (617) 524-7070



Join us on Date, Day of Week, Time at Location of Event, building Name, Address, in this Title of Event and Sponsor Name presentation of Frederick Law Olmsted: "Passages in the Life of An Unpractical Man," a one-man show by Gerry Wright. The play will be followed by a reception at TIME. Admission: $00 Adults, $00 Seniors & Students, $0 Children (Group and volunteer rates available).

Gerry Wright has researched, written and produced a one-man show honoring the life and work of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of landscape architecture. The play provides insights into Olmsted's passionate vision as he played critical roles in the dynamics of slavery as a writer, as Executive Secretary of U.S. Sanitary Commission in the Civil War, and as the landscape architect for New York City's Central Park, Boston's Emerald Necklace, the US Capitol grounds, along with multiple plans for colleges, communities and private estates.  Olmsted was a key pioneer in the movement to preserve land as national parkland, both at Yosemite and Niagara Falls.

A hundred years after his death, America continues to be challenged with issues of social justice, health and conservation for which Olmsted was a most persevering, principled pioneer.

Olmsted's life story, from "vagabond," to dry goods salesman, sailor, traveler, journalist, author, publisher, executive (including a goldmine in California), to becoming the father of landscape architecture in America is both inspiring as history and reason for continued commitment in the 21st century.

"Passages in the Life of an Unpractical Man" has toured from the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline, Massachusetts to the New Horizons Project in Vologda, Russia; the Old State House on Charter Day to the 150 year anniversary of the legislation for building New York Central Park, Olmsted Parks Conservancy in Louisville, Kentucky to the "Biltmore" in Ashville, North Carolina.

Details and Mission of Sponsor. Purpose of the Event. Directions and other information. Contact information for public information.

Photographs available at:

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First row -- Photos by Renee DeKona

First photo credit : John Swan. Other photo credits: Steven Sternbach


Frederick Law Olmsted -- one man play by Gerry Wright

Programs Description

Calendar and Tour Schedule

Travels to Louisville, Knntucky and Ashville, North Carolina

June 5. 2005 "Leonardo and Olmsted: Reverance for Nature"

December 19, 2004 "Olmsted To Honor Christine"

Teacher Guide, Links and Resources

Friends of Frederick Law Olmsted

Emerald Necklace Bird Club

Sample Press Release

Opinion on New York Central Park mission


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