Moline Library presents Gettysburg: One Woman's War on May 4


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Posted Online: April 18, 2013, 1:51 pm
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Press release submitted by Moline Public Library.

The Moline Public Library presents Gettysburg: One Woman's War at 2:30 p.m.Saturday, May 4.
This dramatization of America's Civil War gives a female perspective, introducing townswoman Mary Bowman on July 4, 1863, the day the famous battle of Gettysburg, Pa., fatefully began.
Professional actress and Chicagoland native Michele LaRue performs this one-woman dramatization.
LaRue adapted this presentation from novelist Elsie Singmaster's classic Gettysburg: Stories of the Red Harvest and the Aftermath, published in 1913.
At that time Singmaster honored the semicentennial of the War Between the States. Now, a century later, her fictional wife and mother, Mary Bowman, still grabs our imagination—and our hearts. With Mary we travel the emotional and physical terrain of 50 years: from the cannons' first roar to the bewilderment and devastation that follow; from the promise of Lincoln's visit and commemoration, to the healing only time can bring.
LaRue tours nationally with a repertoire of one-woman productions using American writing from "the long 19th century" (the period between our Civil War and World War I)—performed in vibrant oral interpretation style. Now based in New York City, she has presented her offerings at more than 300 venues, ranging from Washington's Smithsonian Institution to Chicago's Newberry Library to NYC's Lincoln Center.

















 




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