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“Indigenous People, the Fur Trade, and Early Chicago,” a Livestream Solo Performance

November 20, 2020 EST

$10 – $25

History At PlayTM, LLC Journeys West to the Founding of Chicago: Indigenous People, the Fur Trade, and Early Chicago, a Solo Performance Featuring Historical Interpreter Jon F. Rice as French Canadian Fur Trader and Voyageur, Francois Le Mai

LIVESTREAMING directly to you on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. via PAY-PER-HAP Facebook watch group. $10-$25 Pay-What-You-Can or $100 for 2020 Pass.

History At PlayTM, LLC (HAP, LLC), has garnered nationwide acclaim for their Immersive Living History Experiences, chronicling the lives of legendary trailblazers who changed society. In Indigenous People, the Fur Trade, and Early Chicago, Chicago-based Living Historian Jon F. Rice introduces audiences to French Canadian fur trader and voyageur, Francois Le Mai, as he and his friend Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable arrive by canoe to early Chicago. Although nothing more than a little swamp filled with wild garlic and a muddy river running through it, businessman DuSable grasps the importance of that stream: “It’s location, my friend!” Through music, song and dance, we learn of the Meti-society (Creole culture) of Chicago, and why DuSable, a fur trader of African descent and the “Father of Chicago,” abandoned his dream.

Enjoy this LIVESTREAM production Friday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m., via HAP, LLC’s Pay-Per-HAP Facebook Watch Group. This LIVE event brings the vibrancy of theatrical history and educational escapism direct to your screen. Approximately 45 minutes, followed by real-time audience Q&A. Each weekly Pay-Per-HAP performance is offered at a Pay-What-You-Can rate of $10-$25, or $100 for a 2020 Pass. For tickets, see Eventbrite at

Payment is requested by no later than 1:30 p.m. on the date of the performance. After payment, request to join the Pay-Per-HAP Facebook group at and select “Request to Join.” Admission to the group closes at 4:00 p.m. on the date of the performance. No late admission. No refunds/date transfers. Must have access to a Facebook account in order to view.

Jon F. Rice is a historian, performer and researcher. He has performed both in Chicago, with the Chicago Historical Society, and in Boston, with the Freedom Trail Foundation. Of Choctaw heritage, Rice has portrayed a Wampanoag elder at the Wampanoag Homesite at Plimouth Patuxet Historic Site (formerly Plimouth Plantation). To enhance his character portrayals, Rice delves into the life and lifestyle of the individual’s era, and creates a script to encompass a portrait of the time in which the individual lived. Rice has a PhD in American History from Northern Illinois University.

About Pay-Per-HAP

HAP, LLC’s weekly Pay-Per-HAP Facebook performances feature original productions from the company’s critically acclaimed repertoire, featuring award-winning playwright/producer/historian and HAP, LLC Founder, Judith Kalaora, plus performances by Guest Artists and exclusive workshops. From A REVOLUTION OF HER OWN!™, the inspiring story of America’s first female soldier, Deborah Sampson; to CHALLENGER: Soaring with Christa McAuliffe, exhibiting the achievements of the beloved Teacher In Space, each live performance is conducted in authentic period wardrobe, with vintage props and professionally designed sets. Based on primary source research, History At Play™, LLC has been embraced by the historical, educational and theatrical industries with high-caliber programs, offering a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to ask questions of influential and often forgotten historic figures. Appropriate for all ages.

Winter 2020 Pay-Per-HAP Performances:

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. at HAP, LLC’s @Pay-Per-HAP VIP Facebook Group:

  • Nov 6: A Revolution of Her Own! Deborah Sampson (HAP, LLC Artistic Director Judith Kalaora)
  • Nov 13: Albert Einstein: Relatively Speaking (Guest Artist George Capaccio)
  • Nov 20: Indigenous People, the Fur Trade, and Early Chicago (Guest Artist Jon F. Rice)
  • Nov 27: World War Women™: The Unsung Heroines of WWII – Edited Film Version (no Q&A)
  • Dec 4: Jane Austen: Who Dares to Be An Authoress (Guest Artist Laura Rocklyn)
  • Dec 11: The Massacre Orations with Dr. Joseph Warren (Guest Artist Spencer Van Herik)
  • Dec 18: The Governor Lady: Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming (Guest Artist Kay Sebring-Roberts Kuhlmann)
  • Dec 25: [No program]

HAP, LLC’s 2021 Pay-Per-HAP Season begins Jan. 8, 2021! Early Bird season passes available through Dec. 30, 2020 at Give the Gift of Living History on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the Month throughout 2021!  Follow us on Facebook @HistoryAtPlay for updates.

About History At PlayTM, LLC:  HAP, LLC has garnered international attention for their one-woman and ensemble Immersive Living History Experiences, chronicling the lives of influential and often forgotten women. Since 2010, the HAP, LLC Troupe has brought the legacies of great heroines to life in museums, libraries, universities, historical societies, senior communities and schools across the U.S. Now offering the same immersive experiences to audiences via LIVESTREAM technology! To learn more, or to book an in-person or a LIVESTREAM performance event, visit or Facebook @HistoryAtPlay.


November 20, 2020
7:30 pm
$10 – $25
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