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'Gettysburg: One Woman's War' staged at the library

Published 11:25 am, Saturday, December 7, 2013
  • Actress Michele LaRue will perform "Gettysburg: One Woman's War" Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the New Canaan Library in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / New Canaan News Contributed
    Actress Michele LaRue will perform "Gettysburg: One Woman's War" Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the New Canaan Library in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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New Canaan Library will honor the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address with a dramatic performance by actress Michele LaRue.

"Gettysburg: One Woman's War" will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the Adrian Lamb Room.

LaRue's performance features dramatizations of three stories from Elsie Singmaster's classic historical fiction, "Gettysburg: Stories of Memory, Grief and Greatness." Singmaster's stories explore the physical and emotional toll of the war on American citizens.

LaRue, who closed the library's Summer Read 2013 program with the literary dramatization "Tales Well Told," is an Illinois native who has lived in New Jersey for most of her adult life. She performs often with New Jersey's East Lynne Theater Co., which specializes in American plays of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Many of her stage credits -- among them, works by or based on William Dean Howells, Henry James, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman -- reflect her fondness for literature of that period.

She is a member of Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and is a writer and editor with Drama Desk, an organization of New York theater critics.

Admission is free. To register or for information, visit newcanaanlibrary.org or call 203-594-5040.