Sunday, April 11th, 2021


First Freedom

Rob Lauer is not only our beloved editor but a talented, award-winning, nationally-produced playwright who, over the course of a 35-year career, has authored comedies and musicals. His historical musical First Freedom- which entertainingly depicts the events leading up to the passage of Thomas Jefferson's Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom- was the subject of Virginian Wesleyan University's 2019 Cookson Lecture, delivered in VWU's Blocker Hall Auditorium on March 7, 2019. The crowd laughed and applauded as they enjoyed music videos from the show, a reader's theatre excerpt and Rob's insights on the subject. A local production of "First Freedom" would be a delightful addition to the Hampton Roads theatre scene.

The musical First Freedom was written by Rob Lauer and Emmy Award-winning composer Sam Cardon

Shopper Editor and award-winning playwright Rob Lauer delivering Virginia Wesleyan's 2019 Cookson Lecture

A near capacity audience filled Virginia Wesleyan University's Blocker Hall for the event

From left: Virginia Wesleyan students Geoffrey Robb and Justin Robins join Rob Lauer to present a reading from his musical play First Freedom.