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Commodore Perry visits Hayes Center

Author/actor Jeremy Meier in costume as Oliver Hazard Perry.Oliver Hazard Perry comes to life in the person of Jeremy Meier in a one-man show taking place 2 p.m. Sunday, September 22, 2013, in the Hayes Museum auditorium. Admission is free and open to all.

Meier, assistant professor of fine and performing arts at Owens Community College, was commissioned by the Ohio Humanities Council to develop and write a show based on Perry as part of the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

Titled Oliver Hazard Perry: Hero of Lake Erie, the 35-minute performance relates the history of the Battle of Lake Erie as told by Perry himself. The great naval commander then takes questions from audience members for the next 20-25 minutes.

It took Meier nine months to research Perry, the Navy commander who is known for his victory over a British squadron during the Battle of Lake Erie. He then enlisted the help of colleague Nichole Newman, an adjunct professor in fine and performing arts at Owens, to design and create period clothing for his performances.

Meier was one of the featured performers in the 2013 Ohio Chautauqua Series.