Revolutionary performance as America’s first female soldier


PEPPERELL — With Patriots Day fast approaching, Judith Kalaora will visit Varnum Brook Elementary School Auditorium, 10 Hollis Street, on Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. with the incredible story of Deborah Sampson.

History At Play, has garnered nationwide attention for its one-woman, living-history performances, chronicling the lives of legendary women who changed society.

A breakout performance in “A Revolution of Her Own” has received accolades from journalists, actors and historians, and has earned national recognition, as the performance was an Official Selection of the United Solo Theatre Festival, performing on 42nd Street, New York City.

Sampson was the first woman to fight in and be honorably discharged from the American military as a member of the 4th Massachusetts Regiment of the Continental Army. In the final years of the American Revolution, Sampson bound her chest, tied back her hair, and enlisted in the Continental Army as Robert Shurtlieff.

This performance is appropriate for history enthusiasts of all ages, including adults and school-aged children who are studying the Revolutionary War.

Kalaora established History At Play in 2010 to create enriching historical entertainment. She is a resident of Massachusetts and a graduate of Syracuse University and Shakespeare’s Globe Education Program in London, England. She has performed on stages from London to Montreal and across the United States.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Pepperell Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Sponsored by Prudence Wright Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.