Archive for February, 2014

Colonial Players Trekkin’ with Superior Donuts

02/27/2014

2014_02_superior_donuts_logo_r2In late January, Mark Hildebrand contacted me to make a STAR TREK uniform for actor Chris Haley in the upcoming Colonial Players‘ theatrical production, “Superior Donuts.”  I was happy to oblige – Mark has been a good friend and long-time member/supporter of our Starship Farragut project.  Farragut Films used to be involved with the archival recordings of Colonial Players’ plays and Chris Haley has been a good acquaintance.  For those that may not know Chris – his namesake should ring a bell from Alex Haley’s ROOTS.  Chris is also very active in speaking engagements and educating people on slavery in the State of Maryland, African American history, self-help/empowerment and genealogy.  Chris is all over the place in terms of acting, writing, speaking and producing various media projects.

Anyway, Chris came over to my house earlier this month where I had a ‘base shirt’ and pants ready for him to try on for tailoring.  Here are pictures of Chris Haley in action with the finalized uniform from the play (Courtesy of Colonial Players and Mark Hildebrand).  Evidently, Chris’ character is a big SCI-FI fan and although Chris may not be, the Star Trek uniform was made for him and his to keep (gift on behalf of Farragut Films).

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Colonial Players was kind enough to acknowledge the contribution.

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If you haven’t seen it yet, please go and see SUPERIOR DONUTS at Colonial Players!

Introducing Farragut’s New Doctor

02/24/2014

In support of African American history month, Starship Farragut is proud to showcase our new Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Derham.  Dr. Derham is played by Rakia May of Kingsland, GA and will be seen in the upcoming episode, “Conspiracy of Innocence” this May 2014.

Farragut's New Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Derham

Farragut’s New Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Derham

This new character was named in honor of James Derham (c. 1757-1802?) who was the first African American to formally practice medicine in the United States.

The "First" Doctor Derham

The “First” Doctor Derham

Born a slave in Philadelphia, his early masters taught him the fundamentals of reading and writing. Durham was owned by a number of doctors, ending up in New Orleans with a Scottish physician, who hired him in 1783 to perform medical services.

When he was 21, he bought his freedom and went to New Orleans where he set up his own medical practice. He was a popular and distinguished doctor in New Orleans, at least in part for his knowledge of English, French, and Spanish.

He was invited to Philadelphia in 1788 to meet Dr. Benjamin Rush, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and who is known to be the “Father of American medicine.”  Rush was so impressed with Dunham’s success in treating diphtheria patients, that he read Durham’s paper on the subject before the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

In 1789, Durham returned to New Orleans, where he saved more yellow fever victims than any other physician in colonial Philadelphia. During an epidemic that killed thousands, he lost only 11 of 64 patients. He moved back to New Orleans and was lauded by prominent local doctors.  Despite his skill, his ability to save so many lives, and his flourishing practice, his practice was restricted in 1801 by new city regulations because he did not have a formal medical degree and disappeared after 1802.

Starship Farragut continues the belief depicted in Star Trek of diversity and equality for all.

Helmsman Morris and Dr. Derham

Dr. Derham Coming Aboard Farragut with Mr. Morris