Booking A Hamilton Appearance

Personal management: Please email for availability.

Rate of stipend: Varies. Lower rates are often available for non-profits and educational organizations.

Length of performance: Varies. For a traditional program, the length is generally from 45 minutes to 90 minutes, depending on the event. In addition, Hal can perform Hamilton as an after dinner speaker, keynote or other address, or other formats as desired.

Expenses to include: Airfare (economy plus or better, contact for details), rental car where appropriate, parking costs, mileage to COS airport or other venues, per diem (to include travel days), airline baggage fees, and miscellaneous expenses.

Travel arrangements: Where appropriate, the hosts prepay airfare (economy plus or better) and send an “eticket” or Hal can book the flights and bill the organization following the event.

Work conditions: Hal will gladly do two events (most commonly one performance and one media event or publicity event) each day, and can often make himself available for additional public relations events. He is happy to work with hosts before an event to do promotion with local radio, TV, and print media remotely prior to a performance. He particularly enjoys radio work, especially public radio. School programs are welcome, but they must be supervised. Students should, if possible, prepare for his appearance.

Accommodations: Please book a room in the hotel/motel of your choice. Generally Hal prefers to have the privacy of public accommodations. He prefers clean, efficient motels to bed & breakfasts or places with “character.”

Meals: Hal is happy to share a meal with his hosts and their friends before or after performances, if convenient for the hosts. Pre-show meals are generally out of costume and should conclude at least an hour before show time.

Audio and Video Recording: Please feel free to record what you please in whatever media format works best for you. It is asked only that Hal receive a copy of any audio or video recording made.

Format: In traditional Chautauqua programs, Hal generally begins by delivering an unscripted five to twenty-five minute opening statement, tailored in length and content to the audience. He then takes questions in character for about forty minutes. At the end, Hal breaks character and makes a few remarks as a humanities scholar. At this point the audience is encouraged to ask questions about the place of Hamilton in American history, or any other subject of interest. For other formats, such as after dinner remarks, keynotes, and others, Hal will work with the host to tailor his presentation to the particulars of the event.

Publicity: Please save copies of publicity materials for Hal’s files.

Contract: After discussion with you, Hal will provide your organization with a contract and rider, specific to your event, containing the negotiated details for his performance.