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“Did You Lie, Nellie Bly?”

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Schrichte, Lynn (American playwright, actress, July 18, 1934-    ), “Did You Lie, Nellie Bly?”

a 65-minute fancy, set Nellie’s New York apartment in 1888,

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© 1998 by Lynn Schrichte, script/rights available from Kolbet Schrichte, 19 Productions, 5027 Reno Road NW, Washington, DC 20008, telephone 202-363-5027, fax 202-244-7927. Cited to present author by Kolbet Schrichte via e-mail kolbet@pressroom.com, August 24, 1998; Kolbet Schrichte says,

Synopsis Nellie travels through her lifetime of dare-devil activities including her famous 72-day trip around the world.

Comment “Actress/playwright Lynn Schrichte’s whimsical show with reporter Nellie Bly is fast-paced and colorful.”

“Elizabeth Cochrane [the final e is a later addition] was born in Cochran’s Mills, Armstrong County, PA. She did not have a great deal of formal education. Her first job was with the Pittsburgh Dispatch. While working at the Dispatch she took the pen name Nellie Bly. While in Pittsburgh Nellie Bly reported about the horrible conditions for working girls and the slums where they lived, conditions of the poor in Mexico. She moved to New York and worked for the New York World while at the world she had herself committed to an insane asylum so that she might report on the horrible conditions among the patients. She was the most famous female journalist of her day. At the height of her popularity she traveled by herself around the world trying to beat the fictional account of Phileas Fogg a character from the Jules Verne novel Around the World in Eighty Days. In 1895 she married Robert l. Seaman and retired from journalism. She returned to work in 1919 for the New York Journal. Elizabeth died in New York City.”—NellieB, http://www.scasd.k12.pa.us/fte/NellieB.html, accessed November 12, 1998.

Themes Bly (Nellie Bly, 1864-1922), Dempsey (Jack Dempsey, aka William Harrison Dempsey, also called Manassa Mauler (b. June 24, 1895, Manassa, CO, U.S.A.--d. May 31, 1983, New York, NY, U.S.A.), American world heavyweight boxing champion), Fogg (Phileas Fogg, character in Around the World in Eighty Days), New York World, Pittsburgh Dispatch, Verne (Jules Gabriel Verne, French science fiction author [wrote novels "Journey to the Center of the Earth, 1863, From the Earth to the Moon, 1865, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, 1872, Around the World in Eighty Days, 1874], 1828-1905), Willard (Jess Willard, b. Dec. 29, 1881, Pottawatomie County, KS, U.S.A.—d. Dec. 15, 1968, Los Angeles), U.S. prizefighter, world heavyweight boxing champion from April 5, 1915, to July 4, 1919), Wilson (Erasmus Wilson, aka columnist “Quiet Observer”).

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