Whyte, Willis (American playwright, writer, 19__-____), “Angel of the Battlefield,” a 25-minute historical drama in English, set in a lecture hall in New England, U.S.A., or anywhere, 1876 or anytime,
• © 1998 by Willis Whyte; • script/rights available from Willis Whyte, 195 Knight Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02909, U.S.A., e-mail email@example.com, telephone (home/work) 401-454-0831. • Cited by Willis Whyte, via ftp September 7, 1999; Whyte says,
§ Dramatis Personae Clara Harlowe Barton (f), 55, philanthropist, American Red Cross founder, lecturer.
§ Synopsis “In a lecture hall complete with podium and lectern, Clara Barton recounts her life and achievements, remembering incidents and recalling the contributions of women who supported her.
§ Comment “This informal biographical dramatization based on a true story is historically accurate. It requires a minimal set, very few props and no costume changes. It occurs in a New England-style lecture hall. Needed are one costume (a nurse’s uniform), a wooden lectern, a side table, water pitcher and glass, all appropriate to 1876. A simple lighting plan should the focus on the performer at all times. • The play premiered during Women’s History Month 1999, at the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.”
§ Themes 1876, American history (1821-1912), American Red Cross, biography, Barton (Clara Harlowe Barton, philanthropist and in 1881 organizer of the American Red Cross, 1821-1912), presentational theatre, women’s history.
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