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Saturday May 1st from 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. rain or shine

Boston, MA, April 14, 2010 – On Saturday May 1st, join historian/authors, Bonnie Hurd Smith, and Mary Howland Smoyer, for a walking tour of the sites in downtown Boston where Margaret Fuller lived, worked and visited. The tour, “Margaret Fuller’s Footsteps in Boston,” will take place on Saturday May 1st from 10:00-11:30 A.M., rain or shine.  Participants should meet at the Boston Common Marker (at the Park Street station).  Tickets are $10/person payable the day of the tour.

As a girl, Margaret Fuller attended Dr. Park’s Lyceum for Young Ladies in Boston.  As a young woman, she taught classes at Bronson Alcott’s Temple School on Tremont Street, attended Rev. William Ellery Channing’s Federal Street Church, heard lectures and attended art exhibitions.  Fuller became the first editor of the Transcendentalist journal the Dial, at Ralph Waldo Emerson’s request.“

Boston is where Fuller really propelled herself onto the national stage,” says Bonnie Hurd Smith.  “When Emerson published her essay ‘The Great Lawsuit: Man vs. Men, and Woman vs. Women’ in the Dial after Fuller stepped down as editor, her bold insights into the status of women led to her landmark book Woman in the Nineteenth Century, a far-reaching audience, and a position of international influence as a correspondent for the New –York Tribune.”

Fuller published her own work in the Dial and Present, another Boston periodical, gaining a national reputation as a critic and commanding intellect.  She interacted with some of Boston’s brightest stars, including Julia Ward Howe and James Freeman Clarke. The philosophical, historical, and political “Conversations” Fuller held at Elizabeth Peabody’s bookstore on West Street attracted Lydia Maria Child, Ednah Dow Cheney, and Caroline Healey Dall, among many others.

The walking tour is part of a year-long series of events celebrating Fuller’s life and work.  For a complete list of the other programs in the series, please visit: www.margaretfuller.org.###



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“WHY MARGARET FULLER MATTERS” opens April 21st in the Koussevitzsky Room at the Boston Public Library

Gallery Talk “In Her Own Words: Margaret Fuller 1834-1846” April 21st from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. 


Boston, MA, April 7, 2010 –

“Why Margaret Fuller Matters,” a text-and-image display that explains the impact of this important nineteenth-century figure, opens Wednesday, April 21st with a gallery talk at the Boston Public Library.  The exhibit includes a ten-panel display, covering Fuller’s thinking and effect on the world around her.  It answers the fundamental question of why this nineteenth-century figure remains important two centuries after her birth.

“It was an honor and a challenge to tell Fuller’s truly inspiring story,” says display creator Bonnie Hurd Smith, “and I hope people will walk away with a sense of gratitude for what she did.  There are very few individuals to whom we can point and say, ‘that person changed the world,’ and Fuller is one of them.” 

A companion exhibit, “In Her Own Words: Margaret Fuller, 1834-1846,” on display in the BPL’s Rare Books Department, includes objects from the BPL’s collection relevant to Fuller’s life, work, and legacy.  Sponsors for the exhibits include the Margaret Fuller Bicentennial Committee, Boston Public Library Rare Books Department, Boston Women’s Commission, and the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail.   

On April 21st at 11:00 a.m., Kimberly Reynolds, Curator of Manuscripts, will speak about Fuller in the Koussevitzsky Room adjacent to the Rare Books Lobby.  “Margaret Fuller made an enormous contribution to the development of American Literature through her influential book reviews, which appeared in the Dial and the New-York Tribune, and earned her the respect of a large circle of writers and poets, including Walt Whitman,” says Ms. Reynolds.  “Many believe she helped shape a new national identity in American Literature.”

Margaret Fuller was born on May 23, 1810, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was a groundbreaking editor, critic, author, journalist, and champion of women’s rights.  She led a series of “Conversations” in Boston that educated women (and later men) of her day and galvanized social reformers.  Her legacy to future generations is the subject of ongoing inquiry for scholars and the general public alike.  “Margaret Fuller was the original’s original.  She did more in her short forty years in the mid-nineteenth century than most of us could even imagine doing.   She was a thinker, an activist, a devoted friend, a brilliant conversationalist, and gutsy beyond compare,” says Jessica Lipnack, co-chair of the Margaret Fuller Bicentennial Committee.

Fuller is perhaps best known for her revolutionary treatise, Woman in the Nineteenth Century, widely considered the first book on women's rights by an American.  She was the first female journalist for the New-York Tribune as well its first female foreign correspondent.   She served as the first editor of the Transcendentalist journal the Dial and was the first woman granted privileges to Harvard’s library to pursue research.

The gallery talk and exhibit are part of a year-long series of events celebrating Fuller’s life and work.  They are free and open to the public. For a complete list of the other programs in the series, please visit: www.margaretfuller.org



CHARM by Kathleen Cahill. 'Strawberries' by David J. Bohnet, Under Study for Ralph Waldo Emerson/Nathaniel Hawthorne/Count O.

The date is March 1st. I enter the not-so-unfamiliar chapel theatre
for the first read thru with the entire cast. Executive Producer Keven
Myhre shakes my hand welcomes me in, I choose a seat next to a
familiar face, Understudy Heidi Hackney. The room is bustling with
people, Kathleen Cahill the playwright is here! An amazingly confident
stage manager; John Geertsen stands counting the minutes before
liftoff. There's Meg Gibson! You would have to be dead not be warmed
and charmed by her amazing energy. One by one I am introduced to these
amazingly creative working actors, artistic minds poise and ready to
begin this wonderful journey. I become incredibly overwhelmed at the
magnitude of this job I was undertaking. I should be more prepared...
Everyone here is so....professional! I look around, I begin to panic.
How am I not memorized???! I bet all the actors are off book, they've
had there scripts for months, I just got my copy!-- AND suddenly I am
passed a container.

And in this container some of the biggest juiciest strawberries I have
probably ever seen in my life stared back at me. I look up. Meg smiles
and introductions begin. Slowly we begin to reveal the incredible
journey CHARM has had; from work shopping in Orlando, to stage
readings here at SLAC, the addition of extra work weeks for the
rehearsal process, and everything right down to the inception of CHARM
right from the playwrights mouth. What do I do? How do I proceed??
This is not something that happens everyday. To be on the front lines
of such an amazing story and to delve into so many great characters
with artists, I have grown to respect and admire, is a once in a
lifetime opportunity. I am beaming with excitement.

I am a recently graduated acting student from the University of Utah.
I have done numerous College performances, even some professional work
here in Salt Lake. But this chance to understudy at a theater like
SLAC, to be exposed to the world of professional theatre with such
grace and positive cohesive creative energy is something I can only
dream my newly budding career will produce again. SLAC and this entire
process of CHARM was an amazing stepping stone in my career as an
actor and my process as an artist. I thank everyone right down to my
fellow understudies for there insight, conversations, thoughts and
creative drive. I know another first day table read equipped with
heavenly strawberries is unlikely, but wouldn't it be great?

Salt Lake Acting Company                       News ReleasePRESS CONTACT: CYNTHIA FLEMING. 801 363 7522. CYNTHIA@SALTLAKEACTINGCOMPANY.ORGDAISY BLAKE. 801 363 7522. DAISY@SALTLAKEACTINGCOMPANY.ORGFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.  SALT LAKE ACTING COMPANY PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF CHARM BY KATHLEEN CAHILL DIRECTED BY MEG GIBSON. Salt Lake Acting Company is proud to present the world premiere of CHARM by Utah author Kathleen Cahill, directed by Meg Gibson, playing April 14 to May 9.  CHARM is set in the 1840s, and is about people who actually existed; a remarkable woman,Margaret Fuller, and her relationships with three of the great literary figures of her time-  Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. The language of the play is rich. It’s also full of anachronisms: Margaret Fuller is a woman ahead of her time, and so she sometimes uses the language of our time, and dreams our dreams. In that sense, the play glides between worlds. It’s set in history, but takes place on another plane, weaving in and out of the past. Magically surreal and full of luscious language and unexpected surprise, CHARM invites us into its landscape and invites us dream about how we got from there to here. Though it’s no history play, CHARM is very much about history itself, whom it remembers, whom it forgets, and why. And it’s about American Transcendentalism, the belief in the freedom of the human spirit to transcend the confines of history and time.Writer Kathleen Cahill said: “The play is about cosmic justice- this woman’s right to be heard fairly and get her due. I hope audiences will be enchanted, amused, moved, briefly lifted out of their lives, and leave the theatre with a passionate desire to know more about Margaret Fuller. I hope audiences will think about how history can hide its heroes- how things change and stay the same.”

CHARM had its first reading in June 2008 at the University of Utah, New Play Workshop. In August 2008, there was a workshop at the Icicle Creek Theatre Festival in Seattle, followed by a reading at Lark Theatre Playwrights Week in New York in September 2008. SLAC had a reading of the play in October 2008, directed by Robin Wilks-Dunn. In January last year there was a reading at Orlando Shakespeare Playfest, and in November, a Workshop Production at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, also directed by Meg Gibson. In fall 2009, SLAC received a $27,000 grant from the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Awards for CHARM’s world premiere. In December there was a reading at the National New Play Network Showcase in Atlanta, directed by Patrick Flick, who also selected the play for Orlando Shakespeare Theater.

SLAC NOTESThe creative team for Charm will be: Set Design by Keven Myhre, Lighting Design by Jim Craig, Sound Design by Cynthia Kehr-Rees, Costume Design by Brenda Van Der Wiel and Dramaturgy by Sydney Cheek.DATE                                     Previews:         April 14 and 15, 2010                                                Opening:         April 16, 2010                                                Closing:           May 9, 2010 TIMES                                    Previews:         Wed & Thurs- 7:30 p.m.                                                Regular:           Wed & Thurs- 7:30 p.m.                                                                         Friday Opening- 7.30 p.m.Fri & Sat- 8:00 p.m.                                                                         Sun- 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 13th @ 7 p.m.- Free ZAPped Tuesday. Friday, April 16th @ 7:30 p.m.- Opening night celebration.Sunday, April 18th  @ 2 p.m.- Post play discussion following the matinee performance, your opportunity to speak out.Saturday, May 1st @ 2 p.m.-Theatre student matinee with post play discussion. Ticket prices range from Free ZAPped Tuesdays to $15-$37 depending on performance.  Student, Under 30, Group and Senior discounts available.  For tickets call 801- 363-7522, visit www.saltlakeactingcompany.org, or in person at 168 West 500 North, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103. SLAC was founded in 1970 and is dedicated to producing, commissioning and developing new works and to supporting a community of professional artists.  SLAC has been nationally recognized by the Shubert Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Edgerton Foundation, among others.  SLAC is a Constituent Member of Theatre Communications Group, a national organization for non-profit professional regional theatres, and the National New Play Network.


February 15, 2010   

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Exploring the mystery of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Margaret Fuller in the year of her bicentennial.
Charles Capper, Boston University professor of history and author of award winning Fuller biography, to speak at Concord's historic Colonial Inn in partnership with The Old Manse.

Concord, MA - 2010 will mark the 200th year since the birth of Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli, better known as Margaret Fuller - journalist, women's rights activist and intellectual. Many events, discussions, exhibits and presentations will take place across the US and throughout the year, though her actual birthday is the 23rd of May.

The Old Manse, in conjunction with the Colonial Inn, will host Professor Charles Capper, author of the impressive two -volume biography,  "Margaret Fuller: An American Romantic Life, " as he discusses the
potent connection between Margaret and Nathaniel Hawthorne, especially during his years at The Old Manse (1842-1845).

Prof. Capper will also highlight the particular impact of Fuller's literary criticism in regards to Hawthorne's fiction, and the strangely harsh appraisal which came from Nathaniel after Margaret's dramatic death by shipwreck in 1850.

"What's unique about this talk, in a year of Fuller bicentennial celebrations, is the attention that will be paid to a major literary character within her orbit" says Capper.  "Also, the powerful influence Fuller and Hawthorne had on each other, both public and private."

And yet, one needn't be entirely familiar with Fuller or her works to thoroughly enjoy Capper's discussion on her life.

"This event is for anyone who has an interest in Hawthorne, Fuller, transcendentalism, women's rights, early American literature or all of the above" says Tom Beardsley, Site Director of the Old Manse. " We're looking to reach a diverse crowd of history and literature enthusiasts with this exceptional and entertaining evening."

The event will be held on Thursday, March 4th, at the Colonial Inn, Concord. The $15 ticket price will include a special Fuller/Hawthorne-focused tour of the Manse, a pre-talk social hour with light refreshments and a cash bar, and of course, Capper's lecture.

In addition, every attendee will receive a dining gift certificate from the Colonial Inn, and $10 off a Trustees of Reservations Membership if purchased at the Old Manse before the 30th of March, 2010.

The Old Manse tour will begin at 5:00 pm, lasting for about 45 minutes. This is an optional portion of the event and can be taken on a later date. Beginning at 6:00 pm, attendees can make their way to a private room at the Colonial for socializing and meeting staff from The Old Manse. Capper's talk will begin at 7:00 pm.

To reserve a ticket (space is limited) please contact the Old Manse before the 4th of March at 978-369-3909 or email oldmanse@ttor.org.

For those traveling from out of town, reserve a room at the Colonial Inn by calling 800-370-9200 or book online at www.concordscolonialinn.com

About Charles Capper

Charles Capper came to Boston University in 2001 after teaching fifteen years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His scholarship focuses on American intellectual life in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He is the author of a two-volume biography, Margaret Fuller: An American Romantic Life (Oxford University Press, 1992-2007), the first volume of which won the Bancroft Prize. He is now working on a book on the Transcendentalists and the birth of Romantic democratic culture in America. He coedited Transient and Permanent: The Transcendentalist Movement in Its Contexts (1999), a collection of new scholarship on his book's central circle. He also coedited The American Intellectual Tradition, 2 vols., 6th ed. (Oxford University Press, 2010). He has received Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Humanities Center, and Charles Warren Center fellowships. He is the coeditor of the journal Modern Intellectual History published by Cambridge University Press.

About the Colonial Inn

Concord's Colonial Inn, which has a long and distinguished history, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The original structure was built in 1716, and the property been operating as a hotel since 1889. Situated on Concord's town common, now known as Monument Square, the Inn is surrounded by many landmarks of our nation's literary and revolutionary history. Contact the Colonial at 800-370-9200 or visit them online at www.concordscolonialinn.com.

About the Old Manse

The Old Manse is a property of the Trustees of Reservations.
"The Trustees of Reservations preserves, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts." 
The Old Manse is located at 269 Monument St., Concord, adjacent to the North Bridge.

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