Commodore Perry topic of 1-man performance

FREMONT – Oliver Hazard Perry is to come to life in the person of Jeremy Meier during a one-man lecture/performance taking place at 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont.

Admission is free.

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.

The great naval commander then is to take 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. Meier 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 premiered his work during the 2013 Ohio Chautauqua Series.

The presidential center is at Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. See for more information.