Historical figures to tell their stories during CCBC Dundalk series
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 13:03

 by Nicole Rodman

    Have you ever wanted to hear famous historical figures tell their stories live and in person?
    Area residents will get that chance as the Maryland Humanities Council’s (MHC) 20th annual summer Chautauqua series comes to CCBC Dundalk.
    “Chautauquas” are traveling lectures, concerts and/or plays. First popularized in the late 19th century, the term refers to Chautauqua Lake, New York, where the first such event was held.
    The theme of MHC’s Chautauqua 2014 is “Creative Women: Breaking the Mold.”
    The series will be held in the John E. Ravekes Theatre at CCBC Dundalk, 7200 Sollers Point Road, from Friday, June 11, through Sunday, July 13, at 7 p.m. each evening.
    Admission is free and open to the public.
    Each evening will open with musical and theatrical acts, followed by an actress presenting a living history performance.
    Each performance concludes with a question and answer session.
    The series will begin on Friday, July 11, as Kelley Rouse performs as Ameican artist Georgia O’Keeffe.
    A broadcast journalist and teacher at Salisbury Universary, Rouse has performed as O’Keeffe since 2011.
    On Saturday, July 12, poet and author MiMi Zannino will appear as famed American poet Emily Dickinson.
    For the last two years, Zannino has toured the mid-Atlantic, performing as Dickinson in her self-authored one-woman play, Time Travel with Emily Dickinson.
    “Emily Dickinson’s poetry reflects an honesty and a bravery remarkable for her time period, or any time period,” Zannino said of her interest in Dickinson.
    “She explores complex emotions without sentimentality and transforms hard-hitting life experiences into powerful lyric poems.”

In addition to appearing as Dickinson, Zannino has been a poet-in-residence with the Maryland State Arts Council since 1989.
    The series will conclude on Sunday, July 13, with actress Marian Licha appearing as Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
    An experienced actress and bilingual voice-over artist, Licha performs as Kahlo in a one-woman show which she co-authored.
    In addition to CCBC Dundalk,  MHC’s Chautauqua 2014 series will be held at six other locations across Maryland during the month of July, including The College of Southern Maryland, Cecil County Public Library and Perryville Middle School.
    For more information on Zannino as Emily Dickinson, visit www.emilydickinsonlive.com.
    For information on Licha as Frida Kahlo, visit www.marianlicha.com.
    To learn more about MHC’s Chautauqua 2014, visit www.mdhc.org or call 410-685-0095.