American Hero Nathan Hale Gets Play

Nathan Hale – Last year, former House speaker and now Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich delighted in criticizing President Obama for his “Kenyan, anti-colonial” world view.

What’s lost in such comments, of course, is just how “anti-colonial” our nation’s founders were when it came to rebellion against the British crown.

Nathan Hale, the 21-year-old Connecticut school teacher turned revolutionary, is a case in point. Hale was a soldier for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He volunteered for an intelligence-gathering mission in New York City but was captured by the British.

He is also responsible for the heart-pumping patriotic phrase, “I only regret I have but one life to give for my country,” Nathan snuck behind enemy lines in New York City, only to find his premature end hanging from a British rope.

Playwright Brent Hanson has written the book and lyrics for his world-premiere production, aptly titled “Nathan Hale,” by Dixie State College’s theatre and music departments. It features music by Benjamin Stratford and Ricky Valadez, with Shannon Roberts and Justin Hansen. Michael Harding, a resident Shakespeare scholar with Dixie State College, directs.

Nathan Hale has long been considered an American hero and, in 1985, he was officially designated the state hero of Connecticut.