Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 11, 2002

Jane Curry Brings One-Woman Show to Whitworth Campus

WHAT: Author and performer Jane Curry will star in two solo performances, Miz Wizard's Science Secrets and Samantha 'Rastles' the Woman Question, at Whitworth College on Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28.

The shows are two of four performance pieces written and performed by Curry. In Miz Wizard's Science Secrets, she tells stories of female Nobel Prize winners, inventors, astronauts, astronomers and computer pioneers. As Samantha in Samantha 'Rastles' the Woman Question, Curry plays a rustic philosopher from the late 19th century. Curry tours nationally with her shows and she has also performed in Israel and Japan.

Curry holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in American culture from the University of Michigan. She is also a recipient of the 1984 Minnesota Independent Scholar of the Year Award. In addition to writing scripts for her shows, Curry has published three books: The River's In My Blood: Riverboat Pilots Tell Their Stories, Samantha 'Rastles' the Woman Question and Marietta Holley. Curry began performing as Samantha Smith Allen in her one-woman show, Samantha 'Rastles' the Woman Question, in 1981 with the Minnesota Chautauqua Circuit. After a brief time away from the circuit, Curry returned to Chautauqua to perform with folksinger Larry Long in River Ramblings.

Curry's performances are sponsored by the Associated Students of Whitworth College, Whitworth Speakers and Artists, the Whitworth Women's Studies Department, and WINAPS.

WHEN: Miz Wizard's Science Secrets will be staged Saturday, April 27, at 8 p.m."Samantha 'Rastles' the Woman Question" will be staged Sunday, April 28, at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Both performances will take place in Stage II of Cowles Memorial Auditorium.

ADMISSION: Curry's performances are free and open to the public. Curry recommends Miz Wizard's Science Secrets to adults and children over 7 years old. Samantha 'Rastles' the Women Question is recommended for those 9 and older.

For more information, please call (509) 777-3707.


Noelle Wiersma, assistant professor of psychology, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3707 or nwiersma@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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