published Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Pfitzer celebrates Leopold in one-man play


What: "Aldo Leopold — A Standard of Change"

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave.

Admission: $10 at the door or online (plus $1 service fee with online purchase)

Phone: 624-5347

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    Local storyteller Jim Pfitzer will inhabit the persona of noted conservationist Aldo Leopold in his one-man play, “A Standard of Change.”
    Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A presentation of Jim Pfitzer's one-man play Friday will double as a birthday party for the source of his inspiration.

Aldo Leopold, a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer and outdoor enthusiast, would have been 126 years old on Jan. 11. To celebrate, Pfitzer will perform "Aldo Leopold — A Standard of Change" at Barking Legs Theater.

The performance will be followed by music by the Rising Fawn Social Club, birthday cake and drawings for Leopold mugs, books and other surprises. There will also be a raffle to win a Leopold bench built especially for the event, with proceeds benefiting the Leopold Foundation.

Leopold may be best known for his collection of essays, "A Sand County Almanac," released a little more than a year after his death in 1948. With more than 2 million copies sold, it is one of the most respected books about the environment ever published, and Leopold has come to be regarded by many as the most influential conservation thinker of the 20th century. His vision was that all would see the natural world "as a community to which we belong."

Pfitzer's play is set 64 years after Leopold's death at the famous Wisconsin Shack that inspired Leopold's writing. Leopold reacquaints himself with the landscape, remembers influential friends and family, quotes from some of his most important writings and ponders his legacy.

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