Independence

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Dr. Mary Walker (1832-1919) was the first female surgeon in the U.S. Army, a suffragist, an abolitionist, a prohibitionist, endured four months in a Confederate prison and remains, to this day, the only woman to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Her ordeal as a prisoner of war had lifelong ramifications for her physical well-being, but she did not slow down. If anything, she overcompensated and became busier than ever. A militant believer in the equivalency of men and women, this extended to her appearance: she attired herself in “reform dress,” a skirt over trousers, which she wore for comfort and freedom of movement. She was a feminist before the term was coined. Her personal challenges included a philandering husband, sexism from dismissive men, and resentment from women who saw her as competitive. Her life was full of dramatic possibilities, and it is finally the subject of a solo play, Independence, The True Story of Dr. Mary Walker Written and directed by Lloyd J. Schwartz. Starring Kathie Barnes.

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"As Walker, Barnes is extremely engaging and succeeds with style and intelligence in bringing Walker's story before her audience as well as involving them in her struggles. The problem with Independence is not its subject, but its focus. To the point, there is a better story here than Schwartz is telling."

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"As Walker, Barnes is extremely engaging and succeeds with style and intelligence in bringing Walker's story before her audience as well as involving them in her struggles. The problem with Independence is not its subject, but its focus. To the point, there is a better story here than Schwartz is telling."

sweet - Ernest Kearney - The TVolution - ...read full review