July 7

Happy (gosh, it’s HOT) summer!                                                                                                Here are my upcoming, public New Jersey performances:

* Sunday, July 8, 1:30 p.m.

Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire (by Marie Jenney Howe) + lecture

Sponsored by the Public Scholars Program, New Jersey Council for the Humanities      

Presented by Monmouth Co. Genealogical Society

Venue: Eatontown Community Center, 72 Broad Street, Eatontown, NJ 07724

RESERVATIONS/QUESTIONS: ruedelarue@aol.com; 201-863-6436


* Thursday, August 2, 4:00 p.m.

Miss Esther’s Guest & Hijinks in Cape May (by Sarah Orne Jewett and "Belle Brittan")

Presented by East Lynne Theater Company’s Tales of the Victorians (tea and tales on a porch):

Venue: Twin Gables Inn, 731 Columbia Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204

RESERVATIONS/QUESTIONS: eastlynneco@aol.com; 609-884-5898

$12.00; children 12 and under: free



Marie Jenney Howe (1870-1934) was born in Syracuse, NY, the activist daughter of a suffragist mother. Educated at Meadville Theological School, PA, Marie served as assistant to famed liberal Unitarian minister Mary A. Safford in Sioux City and Des Moines, Iowa. Following her marriage to Progressive Frederic C. Howe, Marie left the ministry to serve “the separate female communities of the suffrage movement and radical feminism.” The couple moved to New York’s Greenwich Village in 1910 where she became a catalyst for many social reforms—notably Women’s Suffrage—and where she soon founded “Heterodoxy”: a club for “women who did things, and did them openly.” Her “Anti-Suffrage Monologue,” published by the National American Woman Suffrage Association in 1913, was widely performed at suffrage meetings throughout the country.

Sarah Orne Jewett (1849 – 1909) South Berwick, Maine, where Jewett was born and died, served her well as a writer. Too frail to become a doctor, she began submitting children’s poems and stories to magazines. The adult journal Atlantic published her first Maine story. The Country of the Pointed Firs—her best-known and “finest” work—was published in 1896; that collection included “Miss Esther’s Guest.” 


--I’m on an East Coast hiatus for much of the season.  So far, autumn highlights are bookings in Wisconsin, then more in Washington State.

Stand by for details. . . . Meanwhile . . . Enjoy your own summer breaks!! MLR

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