RANDOLPH — The Randolph Public Library will welcome back Stephen Collins on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. to perform a one-man play depicting the life of the great American author Herman Melville.

Herman Melville (1819-1891) is the American author best known for his whaling epic "Moby-Dick."

The play chronicles Melville’s life from youth to old age, concentrating on his evolution as a writer and his complex relations with God, his parents and siblings, his wife and children, and Nathanial Hawthorne.

Stephen Collins grew up in Cambridge and received a bachelor of arts in literature from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. After 20+ years in a sales career, he is back doing what he truly loves — performing and teaching. Recently he has been teaching seminars on Whitman, Hardy, Shakespeare, Frost and contemporary poetry at various locations.

He also works as a professionally licensed tour guide doing narrated historical tours of Boston. He now has eight one-man shows and seven courses. This will be his third performance in Randolph. His previous performances depicted the lives of Walt Whitman and Robert Frost. For more information about Stephen Collins, go to unlaunchedvoices.com.

The program is free and open to the public and will be held at the Randolph Town Hall, 130 Durand Road.

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