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The Dramatic Life of Margaret Fuller
The Dramatic Life of Margaret Fuller

Celebrate Women’s History Month by attending an original solo drama, "Men, Women, and Margaret Fuller," performed and written by actor/author Laurie James.   Based on journals, letters, articles and books, the play brings to life the bold character and words of an American foremother. The one-woman show will be staged at The 1891 Fredonia Opera House on Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m.   There is an admission fee of $10/person, $6.50/students and seniors and groups of 20 or larger.  Tickets will be available at the door, or reserve in advance by calling the Opera House, (716) 679-1891.

Born in 1810, Margaret Fuller's thoughts are as alive today as in the nineteenth century.  A woman of brains and heart, she was labeled genius by some, ridiculed by others.  She was the first to write a book for women’s equality, thereby laying the groundwork for the women’s rights movement in the United States.  She was one of America’s first literary critics, first editor of The Dial magazine, first woman journalist on Horace Greeley’s New York Daily Tribune, first American foreign and war correspondent serving under combat conditions and, predating Florence Nightingale and Clara Barton, she served as director of an Italian hospital that treated the war wounded.  

The drama traces Margaret Fuller’s unusual childhood; her relationship with Ralph Waldo Emerson; her work with Horace Greeley; her travels, literary and Transcendentalist connections with Hawthorne, Thoreau, Poe and others; her reports of the Italian Revolution of 1848 and her friendship with Mazzini and Garibaldi as well as her marriage to an Italian nobleman; the birth of a son; and her tragic drowning off the shores of Fire Island, New York, in 1850.

Laurie James has toured with The Great Plains Chautauqua Society, as well as in theatres, colleges, libraries and conference sites throughout the United States and many parts of the world.  Her major biography won the non-fiction award from New York Foundation for the Arts.   She is 2009 winner of the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation Margaret Fuller Award, and The Margaret Fuller 2010 Bicentennial Celebration Committee initiator/project director.

For more information about this event or about Margaret Fuller, visit the News and Events tab at www.uucnc.org, www.margaretfuller.info or www.fredopera.org.  This special evening is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua.  UUCNC is a liberal religious community devoted to promoting individual spiritual development; working toward peace, liberty and justice in our immediate and global communities; and providing companionship on life’s sacred journey.  Worship services are held each Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Grange Hall, 58 W. Main St., Fredonia.  For more information, call (716) 679-7944 or visit www.uucnc.org.

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