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GROTON — Character actress Jessa Piaia will present a one-person interpretation of pioneer aviatrix Amelia Earhart entitled “Amelia Earhart: First Lady of the Air,” on May 2, at 7 p.m., at the Groton Public Library.

Acclaimed as the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932, Earhart was previously part of the 1928 “Friendship” flight departing from Jeffery’s Yacht Club in east Boston Harbor on its historic transatlantic flight.

At the time of the “Friendship” flight, Earhart was a social worker at the Denison House in downtown Boston. In addition to flying, Earhart pursued other activities, which included being an author of three books, a teacher and a guidance counselor at Purdue University. She also designed a line of luggage and clothes for “women who live actively.”

Made possible by a grant from the Groton Trust Funds Lecture Fund, the program runs about 45 minutes with an informal question-and-answer session to follow. It is appropriate for audiences ages 10 and up.

Piaia uses drama to reveal the accomplishments, struggles and contributions of women to American history. She is acclaimed for “recreating history in the fullest sense,” and for using “solid research, compelling writing and artistry to bring off a one-woman show, perhaps the most difficult kind of acting challenge.” She performs at educational institutions, museums, libraries, worship services and historical organizations throughout New England.

An 11-site state tour of Susan B. Anthony in 1994 was supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, and a grant for a mini-tour was awarded in 1997 for “From Suffragist to Citizen: A Conversation with Susan B. Anthony and Eleanor Roosevelt,” with Piaia, as Anthony, and Elena Dodd, as Roosevelt.

Piaia studied performance at London’s Oval House Theatre and graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She works in the Anthropology Department at Harvard University. Research for this program was conducted in the Amelia Earhart Collection at the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, the Microtext Department at the Boston Public Library and the Earhart Archives at the Medford Public Library.

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is requested but not required. For information and to register, call (978) 448-8000 or visit and click on “What’s Happening.”