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Charles Sprague Sargent (David Henshaw)

Charles Sprague Sargent (David Henshaw)

film director, Professor Tony Cerubini and John Muir (Alan Womer)

Film director Professor Tony Cerubini and John Muir (Alan Womer)


Fraser, Genevieve (American playwright, writer/researcher/college staff, 1945-____), “Giants in the Wilderness,”

a 60-minute drama in English, set on a bluff overlooking Pike’s Peak, Colorado, October, 1896,


© 1998, script/rights available from Genevieve Cora Fraser, 211 Dana Road, Orange, Massachusetts 01364, U. S. A., telephone (home) 978-544-1872, email: gcfraser@peoplepc.com. Cited by Genevieve Cora Fraser via ftp, February 28, 1998; Fraser says says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Sargent (m), environmentalist, silvaculturist; Muir (m), environmentalist; Gifford Pinchot (m), forester, politician, twenty years their junior.

  §  Synopsis “Sargent and Muir enter a bluff area overlooking Pike’s Peak. They are on a tour of the Western forests with the intent of writing a National Forest Report to be presented before Congress.  The men have escaped the raving escapades of one of the pack horses. Sargent is badly shaken by the ordeal and draws parallels between the wild rantings of the horse and what he anticipates Congress will subject him to once the Forest Commission Report is made public by President Cleveland. Enter Gifford Pinchot,  twenty years their junior, who feels exhilarated by the journey’s challenges as well as the political fight ahead. Sargent and Pinchot begin to lock horns about the report, and Muir acts as a spiritual and philosophical buffer, providing insight into the sacredness of the wilderness at stake.

  §  Comment “Charles Sprague Sargent (m), Harvard Professor, author of ‘Silva of North America,’ founder of the Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA, and Chairman of the 1896 National Forest Commission; Muir (m), naturalist, writer, founder of the Sierra Club; Gifford Pinchot (m), twenty years their junior, America’s 1st native born-forester, founder of the USDA Forest Service and the Yale School of Forestry.  ‘Giants in the Wilderness’ will be produced May 22nd and 23rd, 1998 at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, Massachusetts, as part of Centennial of the Massachusetts State Forest and Park System.  The production is sponsored, in part, by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management.  The production will tour the Massachusetts Heritage Parks throughout the summer.”

  §  November 9, 1998, e-mail addendum: “We finished a 6 week tour in Massachusetts with ‘Giants’ and am now about to make a studio/film at the College where I work.”

  §  July 21, 2000, e-mail addendum: “Students filmed ‘Giants in the Wilderness’ at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, Massachusetts.”

  §  Themes Cleveland ([Stephen] Grover Cleveland, United States Democratic politician; mayor of Buffalo [1882-1883]; governor of New York [1883-1885]; 22nd and 24th president of United States [1885-1889, 1893-1897]; Democratic presidential candidate [1888], 1837-1908 ), Congress, conservation, environment, forestry, naturalist philosophy, Pike’s Peak, Pinchot (Gifford Pinchot, 1865-1946), politics, preservation vs. conservation, sacredness, wilderness, youth vs. age.

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