HARVARD — The Garden Club of Harvard will present well-known character actress Jessa Piaia on Thursday Nov. 18 at Volunteer’s Hall at the Harvard Public Library from 7-9 p.m. Piaia — dressed in character — will interpret the life and times of Isabella Stewart Gardner. This incredible glimpse into turn of the century “lifestyle of the rich and the famous” via Ms. Gardner will address her magnificent gardens, incredible works of art, and perhaps even shed some light into her reputed relationship with noted artists of the time. Piaia’s lifelong study of women’s history includes numerous awards and presentations. Her character interpretations include author Susanna Rowson, colonist Mary Dyer (who was hung on Boston Common for the “crime” of being a Quaker,) suffragette Susan B. Anthony, Rachel Walker Revere (a.k.a. Mrs. Paul Revere), Amelia Earhart, and many other women. These women from colonial and Revolutionary times are the faces behind the scenes in the birth of this nation.
Jessa Piaia’s character portrayals celebrate women of the past whose diverse lives span three centuries. In her poignant and inspiring dramatic vignettes, she reveals the accomplishments, struggles, and contributions of these women to American history. She depicts each woman’s life set against the historic events and issues of the day and bases her finding on continuing research and teaching at Harvard University. Her work is a successful model for solid research, compelling writing, and the artistry to bring off a one-woman show, perhaps the most difficult kind of acting challenge.
All are welcome to this event — not only Garden Club members. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, go to HarvardGardenClub.org or call Maria Magrath, 978-621-3470.