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Special Program

Marianne Donnelly: Beyond Little Women

Courtesy Monadnock Summer Lyceum

Originally broadcast Sunday, July 20th. 

We remember Louisa May Alcott as the author of Little Women, the story of four girls growing up in mid-nineteenth century Massachusetts. Alcott was also an abolitionist, a feminist, a Civil War nurse, and a participant in the Transcendental intellectual movement. To help us understand the complete Louisa May Alcott, Marianne Donnelly will bring us her carefully researched Alcott re-enactment, in which Alcott will tell us about her connections to the anti-slavery movement, the Underground Railroad, and the Monadnock region.

Marianne Donnelly is a multidisciplinary performing artist who founded her own company to provide quality family entertainment with strong educational content in creative dramatic style. In addition to Alcott, she also portrays Calamity Jane, Nellie Bly, and Janis Joplin. Donnelly teaches creative dramatics, and she has appeared at numerous libraries and festivals, as well as on television and radio.

Donnelly's speech:

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