A Special 4:00 PM Show Time This event is FREE and open to the public.
New England Shakespeare brings their production of "Measure for Measure," to our park! Shakespeare's sublimely dark comedy is a classic morality tale on the themes of human frailty, sin, and hypocrisy. The play blends comic contradictions and ambiguities with biting social commentary. Join us for this humorous exploration of blind justice, mercy, and the tension between good and evil that resides within every human soul.
New England Shakespeare Festival, founded in 1994, is a non-profit organization that tours professional performances of Shakespeare's plays throughout the region. They perform in the original, Elizabethan style, staging shows that are exciting, engaging, and stimulating while remaining true to both the letter of the texts and the wonderfully unruly spirit of the Bard's earliest performances. They believe that Shakespeare's plays are popular - not elitist - entertainment. The shows are family-friendly, fast-paced, interactive and spontaneous. Expect costumed professional actors and lots of audience involvement and fun!
For more information: www.newenglandshakespeare.org
This free event is made possible by the Moses Greeley Parker Lecture Series. You can find more information about upcoming Parker Lecture Series events at www.parkerlectures.com
Who is Moses Greeley Parker?
Dr. Moses Greeley Parker occupies a niche among the most highly regarded citizens Dracut ever produced. His distinguished ancestry, his widely recognized skills as physician and surgeon, his financial acumen, his outstanding contributions to the Civil War effort, his accumulated wealth - all this did not deter him from living thriftily, from pursuing intensive research in varied fields, from donating his skills and his time to the young, the helpless and the needy, from becoming a very active member in many organizations, and from donating his fortune to both Dracut and Lowell.
Researcher, inventor, soldier, builder of the largest hospital in the world, surgeon, ophthalmologist, philanthropist, he was, over and above all these, a very human person who triumphed over personal tragedy (near blindness) to become a willing servant of the common people who needed his attention. His vision focused on the future, but his feet were planted squarely in the midst of the humanity he lived to serve.
Born in Dracut on October 12, 1842, he attended elementary school in Dracut, Billerica's Howe School and Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. He attended Long Island College Hospital School in Brooklyn, New York and graduated with an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1864.
One week after graduation, he enlisted for the remainder of the Civil War in the Fifty-Seventh Infantry Regiment camped near Worcester, Mass. Because physicians were desperately needed, General Benjamin Butler (of Lowell) asked him to transfer to the Second U.S. Cavalry Regiment where he was commissioned Assistant Surgeon and was in the thick of some of the heaviest fighting of the war at the Battle of Cold Harbor. He planned and oversaw the construction of the largest hospital in the world near Petersberg, Virginia, consisting of 20 wards with a capacity was 3,500.
After the war he set up his medical practice at 11 First Street in Lowell and also opened up a free dispensary in Lowell. He was one of the first to volunteer his time as physician at St. John's Hospital during its first year of operation. Three years later he became a member of the general staff as ophthalmologist. He performed eye and ear surgery free of charge on indigents.
He was fascinated with Alexander Graham Bell's experiments with the telephone and became one of the largest share-holders in both the Lowell District Telephone Co. and then in the New England Telephone and Telegraph Co. He is credited with inventing the telephone directory system whereby each subscriber was assigned a different number. This revolutionized the whole industry and gives Dr. Parker a place in the history of applied science.
In the last 25-30 years of his life Dr. Parker grew increasingly involved in charitable organizations. He became one of the earliest members of the Lowell Historical Society. Dr. Parker was a true philanthropist: he gave generously, but he gave to causes that truly helped his fellow man.... and with no strings attached. His brand of philanthropy was practical, human, and thoroughly unselfish.
He set up the Moses Greeley Parker Foundation which provided for a health institute. In his will he left enough money for the establishment of the now-famous Parker Lecture Series that have benefited an incredible number of people in its sixty years of existence.... and the Parker Lecture Series go on and on dispensing culture and the love of the beautiful that Dr. Parker had for his goal. These programs are, according to the provisions of his will, absolutely free to the public.
On October 1, 1917, this giant in the community, this positive force for good, this down-to-earth man with his genius and inquiring mind and enthusiastic approach to people and ideas, left a world which he had uplifted with his noble presence.