Local thespian to portray President Grant in contest

President Ulysses S. Grant will live again – at least in the eyes of an audience at the state community theater festival in Newton, April 4-7.

Pete Grady of Marshalltown will reprise his performance of the famed Civil War general and president at the event the afternoon of April 5.

Grady, a veteran of many Marshalltown Community Theater productions, portrayed Grant in a one-man show “Unconditional Surrender: An Evening with President Grant” at Marshalltown’s Iowa Veterans Home in December, 2012.

Grady also wrote, directed and produced the play based on Grant’s memoirs.

Marshalltown Community Theater entered “Unconditional Surrender” in the state competition.

The show is one of five to be presented.

“Unconditional Surrender” will follow “Almost Maine,” which begins at 1:30 p.m., April 5.

“I am excited and flattered to have the opportunity to portray the late president again,” Grady said. “Marshalltown area theater-goers will recognize that three of the other shows – especially “Almost Maine” – are productions that have been performed at MCT over the years.”

All productions will be at the Newton Community Theater, 1701 S. 8th Ave. E.

The event is open to the public.

Admission is $10 per person.

Contact NCT at 641-792-1230 or iowacommunitytheatres.org/Festival.html