January 19, 2017
Oklahoma History Center Presents Scott Green as Benedict Arnold
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma History Center announces a one-time performance by Scott Green as Benedict Arnold, a name synonymous with betrayal and treason. The performance is scheduled for Thursday, February 2, at 7 p.m. in the Chesapeake Events Center at the History Center. Doors to the Chesapeake Events Center will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 for OHS members and $10 for nonmembers. Seating is limited, so purchase a ticket today by calling 405-522-0765 or by visiting the History Center. Tickets can be picked up the night of the performance, and seat selection will be first-come, first-served.
An ardent patriot, Arnold distinguished himself as a skilled soldier and strategist during the early years of the American Revolution, leading attacks on Fort Ticonderoga and Quebec. Then, in 1779, after Congress failed to promote Arnold, he grew disillusioned and conspired to join the British. He planned to betray the Americans by allowing the British to win a victory at West Point. Before Arnold’s plan could be realized, he was found out and forced to flee to the British position in New York. Arnold served out the war as a brigadier general in the British Army, fighting against his former comrades. Benedict Arnold’s reputation as a traitor was cemented, and history remembers him not for his distinguished military career but for his betrayal of the patriot cause.
Scott Green is a native Virginian who has lived all over the country. He returned to Virginia in 1996 to work at Colonial Williamsburg and fulfill his love of history. He performed in 18th-century plays as part of the Theatrical Interpretation department before joining the Revolutionary City cast in 2006. He has been portraying Benedict Arnold ever since. The opportunity “truly sparked years of research and real desire to understand this very complex man. It is very gratifying to use the skills I have acquired as an actor and my history-based research to bring this man to life for modern audiences,” said Green.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is more than a tourist destination; it is a living history concept that brings students and visitors into the heart of history by using modern technology to tell the stories of America’s past. This is accomplished through publications, online games, podcasts, music, photographs, videos, electronic field trips, classroom guides and teacher training. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is a not-for-profit, privately funded educational and cultural organization. All proceeds from tickets to the Revolutionary City and museums, Colonial Williamsburg hotels, dining, spa, shops and golf courses directly fund their educational mission. The Oklahoma History Center is proud of its continued participation and partnership with this dedicated institution.
The Oklahoma History Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, National Archives and is an accredited member of the American Alliance of Museums. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.