It is only fitting that a story about the history of the DuPonts be performed at a school named after one.
Greer Firestone, local actor and playwright brought The DuPont Story: A Family, A Company, his two-man living history presentation about the duPont family to P.S. duPont Middle School on Thursday, Oct. 11.
The family history of the DuPonts is told in first-person portrayals, with Firestone portraying E.I. duPont (circa 1802), Boss Henry duPont (circa the U.S. Civil War), and P.S. duPont (circa 1902). He tells the story of both the family and company that have contributed so much to Delaware's past, present, and future.
Actor Rob Tietze plays minor roles throughout the play, and helps with costume changes and multimedia.
The performance at P.S. is the first of many to school-aged students across the state. At the P.S. performance, STEM students were in the audience.
Firestone said that the DuPonts were the innovators of STEM in Delaware before it ever existed. "They were applying science and math to create a better world for us today," he said.
Firestone has been working on his play for five years, and hopes his love for the DuPonts translates to his audiences. "The DuPont story is the greatest Delaware story ever told. Without P.S., Delaware would be a sorry state," Firestone said.
P.S. duPont Middle School was built in 1935 by the City of Wilmington with a generous gift from Pierre S. duPont. At the time of its opening, it was hailed as the greatest educational facility in the United States. The building underwent a $44 million renovation project in 2008.
Firestone will be performing The DuPont Story: A Family, A Company at the Zion Lutheran Church on Friday, Oct. 26. To view a trailer of the performance, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbcDHNwzE30.