“I have heard of one Mister Adams but who is the other?”
-King George III
Peyton Dixon, the alter ego to John Adams, is an interpreter with over a decade’s experience and an actor for over twenty-five years. You may have seen Dixon as Adams at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Federal Hall in New York, the National Archives in Washington, D.C. He has also taken Adams to television with A&E’s biography of John Adams, and on PBS with the documentary “First Freedom, the Fight for Religious Liberty,” and Chef Walter Staib’s”A Taste of History.”
Yet, he first discovered Mister Adams the way many others did: through vague references in history books, and in a live community theatre performance of 1776.
After graduating from DuPont Manual/Youth Performing Arts School of Louisville, Kentucky, and receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from Otterbein College of Westerville, Ohio, Peyton has traveled the country, performing in over 40 states (and commonwealths) in the continental United States. He even had the opportunity to portray Adams himself in 1776.
In the year 2000, Peyton discovered the world of first-person interpretation. He was captured by the spirit of the well-known and everyday man of the eighteenth century—trying desperately to understand and make their place in new, exciting, and frightening world. He was particularly fascinated and impressed by the powerful yet (at the time) mostly unsung John Adams.
Since that time, he has continued to research and travel, endeavoring to combine his passions of performance and American history. His goal is to bring to light the accomplishments as well as the imperfections of John Adams, as well as our other founding fathers. Look beyond the statue, bring them off the pedestal altogether, and see the very real everyman beneath.
“Adams embodies many things we can relate to in our own lives: the desire to be something more, the concerns of what others might see in us, the balance between our personal opinions and our public persona. While reflecting upon the many challenging situations Adams faced in his life, I also strive to highlight something even more impressive in the Man: his humanity. While he did not necessarily believe in the innate goodness inside man, he did something remarkable, though sometimes unintentional–he strove for goodness. This is the man I work to bring to you: an imperfect, burdened, yet ever-striving man.” -Peyton Dixon