a 60-minute biographical drama set in (the performance city) in 1931, one year prior to the death of American Actress Minnie Maddern Fiske,
© 1995 by Lynn Schrichte, script sample available from 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 January 2, 1996; Kolbet Schrichte says at present Lynn Schrichte is the sole performer of “Mrs. Fiske: Against the Wind,” and adds,
Synopsis “Mrs. Fiske has come to speak to a humane organization in (performance location), tireless in her crusade for the humane treatment of animals. It is a year before her death, and her illness and fatigue distract her from her notes. She begins to tell her life story. In this fascinating narrative, we also meet her dynamic husband and co-producer, Harrison Grey Fiske.
Comment “The show is dramatic, but not somber. It runs 60 minutes without intermission and costume change. It requires only a podium and two chairs.
“Mrs. Fiske (1865-1932), considered by many to be the finest actress of her day, started as a child star; she matured into a powerful performer capable of playing everything from high comedy to Shakespeare and Ibsen. Four early performances in the Washington, D.C., area included one at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, December 11, 1995.
“As of July 11, 1966, ‘Mrs. Fiske: Against the Wind’ has played in Chicago, Milwaukee, Crested Butte, and will soon be in St Louis, Wichita, Topeka, and elsewhere in Kansas. Colleges and Universities in Illinois and Wisconsin have seen this production, and it is scheduled to tour New Jersey, Delaware Maryland, and Virginia, fall, 1996, and Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri, spring, 1997. A full website of information about Mrs.Fiske, the play and the playwright is available at http://www.pressroom.com/~fiske/.”
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