(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - March 29, 2012) California Lutheran University will screen a film featuring Santa Rosa Valley resident Gary Saderup's one-man show about Gen. Douglas MacArthur.
"Douglas MacArthur: Return to Corregidor" will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in Preus-Brandt Forum. The 63-minute film will be followed by a discussion with Saderup, a veteran actor and artist, and CLU assistant professor of history David Nelson.
In his show, Saderup creates a sensitive portrait of the legendary and larger-than-life American general. In a character study similar to Hal Holbrook's one-man show portraying Mark Twain, Saderup brings to life the soul and essence of the general.
The 2011 film offers an in-depth look at this opinionated, bold, controversial and stubborn leader. During World War II, when Japanese forces tightened their grip on the Philippines, President Franklin Roosevelt ordered MacArthur to relocate to Australia. MacArthur left reluctantly but vowed to return for his troops - a promise he fulfilled after more than two years of fighting in the Pacific. MacArthur was awarded the Medal of Honor for his leadership in the defense of the Philippines.
Saderup has appeared on stage as Shakespeare's Macbeth, Othello and Richard III. He played John Barrymore in "I Hate Hamlet" and more recently appeared as Charles Darwin with actor Patrick Warburton in the hit British play "Darwin in Malibu." He is also an accomplished artist who is well known for his charcoal portraits of Hollywood legends such as John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe and Clint Eastwood.
Nelson holds a doctorate in pre-modern Asian history from Indiana University Bloomington. His specialties are medieval and early modern Japanese cultural and institutional history, and his research interests include the cultural history of 20th-century Japanese imperialism.
The forum is located south of Olsen Road between Mountclef Boulevard and Campus Drive.
The History Department and History Club are sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact the University Relations office at 805-493-3151.