GETTYSBURG : ONE WOMAN’S WAR
“July the First”: War comes to Gettysburg—where are the armies?
“The Battleground”: Lincoln comes to Gettysburg—where will it end?
“Mary Bowman”: Sightseers come to Gettysburg—where has it led?
Three stories from Elsie Singmaster’s 1913 classic Gettysburg: Stories of the Red Harvest and the
Aftermath with townswoman Mary Bowman living the battle and its legacy.
Michèle LaRue GETTYSBURG: ONE WOMAN’S WAR on Sunday, June 25, at 2:00 p.m. This unique dramatization sees America’s Civil War from a female perspective, vividly introducing townswoman Mary Bowman on July 1, 1863—as the assault on Gettysburg, PA, begins. That murderous battle, fought 154 years ago, changed the course of the war and created our first National Cemetery. Professional actress Michèle LaRue performs this one-woman play—praised as “a touching, intimate portrait” in its premiere.*
LaRue adapted this presentation from novelist Elsie Singmaster’s classic Gettysburg: Stories of the Red Harvest and the Aftermath—published in 1913, the semi-centennial of the War Between the States. A century later, Singmaster’s fictional wife and mother, Mary, still grabs our imagination and our hearts. With her we travel the emotional and physical terrain of 50 years: from the cannons’ first roar to the grief and devastation that follow; from the promise of Lincoln’s visit and commemoration, to the healing only time can bring.
Michèle LaRue, a graduate in Acting from the University of Kansas, is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, and the editor of several notable theater book