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New Cast Members

posted Apr 5, 2016, 9:27 AM by Trial & Tribulations Matson Slave Trial Project

With a new venue, it seemed an ideal time for our long-time actors to focus on behind the scenes planning and to recruit new performers. Marylee and Kim McGee and Roger Ashmore have done an outstanding job of researching and portraying Mary Corbin, Dr. Hiram Rutherford, and Gideon “Matt” Ashmore since the beginning.  Because of their work it will be easy for new people to step into the roles.  Director, Bill Thomas, says “We are particularly interested in two men between the ages of 30 and 60.” Anyone interested in bringing these characters to life should email Thomas at

A new addition to the cast is Ed Adams, who recently moved to Charleston, will portray Anthony Bryant.  Ed performed as Frederick Douglass in the early years of Trial & Tribulations. Ed believes he is distantly related to Sim Wilmot, the brother of Jane Bryant.

Callie Baber, of Callie Baber Auctions in Paris, will be playing Mary Corbin. Callie has acted in several productions in the area including "A Question of Loyalty" about the Charleston Riot. Callie traces her ancestry back to the Hanks Family, as does Abraham Lincoln's mother.