The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover, will host the production, “John Dickinson and Thomas Jefferson Debate Independence: We Have Called by Different Names Brethren of the Same Principle,” presented by the American Historical Theatre of Philadelphia, at 2 p.m. Nov. 19.

The two American patriots will spar over their conflicting views on how to protect and strengthen the American colonies. The audience joins Delaware’s John Dickinson, played by Doug Thomas, and Thomas Jefferson, played by Steve Edenbo, on the day that the Continental Congress voted on the question of American independence. Dickinson speaks for the moderates and argues that, although eventual independence is inevitable, the not-yet-united states are ready for neither war or independence. Jefferson speaks for the radicals. He argues that the opportunity for independence might never come again if the chance is missed.

After offering the question to the audience for its vote, Dickinson and Jefferson open the scope of the discussion, telling the stories of what happened in their lives after the vote on July 2, 1776. They then encourage the audience to ask questions about any topics or events from their respective lives.

A reception with refreshments will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Due to space restrictions reservations are recommended; call 739-3277.