Actress plays many parts at Alpine event |

Actress plays many parts at Alpine event


The Alpine County Arts Commission invites area residents to “Biologues,” biographical monologues of famous women from history by actress Melissa Stevenson.

Stevenson entertains and informs with her first-person accounts of famous women to portray the courage, creativity, and individuality of women who faced various hardships and upset society’s accepted definition of women’s roles.

Stevenson researched the characters, wrote the scripts, and devised historical costumes for the women she impersonates. Her repertoire includes 16 specific women, four of whom comprise this program: Amelia Earhart, Dian Fossey, Virginia Reed Murphy and Sarah Winnemucca.

Amelia Earhart (1898-1937), a famous female pilot, earned the Flying Cross Award. She attempted to fly around the world but was declared lost at sea. Some contend she was on a secret mission for the U.S. government.

Dian Fossey (1932-1985) championed the cause for the preservation of gorillas in the mountains of Africa. Her book Gorillas in the Mist, an account of her experiences with the gorillas, became a popular movie.

Virginia Reed Murphy, one of the Donner Party, tells her story of adventure and ultimately starvation when a cruel, early winter hit the Sierra Mountains.

Sarah Winnemucca (1844-1891), a Paiute woman became an educated spokeswoman who advocated Indian rights in the U.S.

These characters come to life at the Alpine County Library in Markleeville, Calif. on Monday, March 10 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for children. To reserve tickets or for more information, call (916) 694-2787. Tickets are available at the door.

This program is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a State Agency.