University Honors Lecture

September 14, 2018

Critically acclaimed “Churchill” play to be featured at SIU

by Hannah Erickson

CARBONDALE, Ill. — The yearly lecture hosted by the University Honors Program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale has been turned on its ear by bringing in a one-man live performance of the critically acclaimed play, “Churchill.”

Ron Keaton’s Jeff-Award winning performance is set to be featured for the fall edition of the Michael and Nancy Glassman Distinguished Lecture. The unique performance displays the “British Bulldog” who captured the hearts of millions and led his country to victory in WW2.

Media Advisory

Reporters, photographers and news crews are welcome to cover the event and contact Ron Keaton for interviews and questions. Keaton may be reached by email or by calling (847) 275-2184.

Critics praise performance

Keaton’s original script finds the former Prime Minister in a reflective, intimate mood, allowing the audience to see not only the fierce statesman but also to experience his gentle side — making the great man relatable without diminishing him, and allowing his humor and humanity to shine through.

The performance has received wide attention nationwide and was sold out on its Off-Broadway run.

The New York Beat called the play riveting and a triumph, while the Huffington Post said, “Churchill never failed to inspire and Keaton’s excellent rendition explains why.”

Similarly, Curtain Up New York deemed the play to be heartwarming and enthusiastic, with Keaton at his best.

Performance set for one night only

The show will run for one night only, 7 p.m., Sept. 25, at Shryock Auditorium at SIU. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

For more information, visit, or contact the University Honors Program at 618/453-2824.