Theatre Hopkins' 84th season continues on Saturday, March 18, at 2 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church in the Village with "Mistress of Riversdale." Adapted from the original words in the letters edited in Margaret Callcott's book, this one-woman dramatization devised by Suzanne Pratt, director of Theatre Hopkins, and performed by Cherie Weinert details the life of wealthy Belgian émigré Rosalie Stier Calvert, wife of George Calvert, at their plantation near Washington during the first two decades of the 19th century.
The text is drawn directly from extraordinary letters Rosalie, mother of nine children, sent to her family in Antwerp over her 20 years at Riversdale. Rosalie's correspondence includes her views of presidents Washington, Jefferson, and Monroe as well as Napoleon, Aaron Burr and Baltimorean Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte. Also detailed is her courtship and marriage to the grandson of the fifth Lord Calvert, and their creation of the Riversdale estate, which not only lent its name to the Washington suburb, Riverdale, but also provided the original campus of the Maryland Agricultural College, which later became the University of Maryland.
The performance will take place in the Great Hall at St. John's Episcopal Church in the Village, 3009 Greenmount Ave. in Baltimore. On-site free-parking is available. Tickets are $10. $5 for students with ID, and may be reserved by calling Theatre Hopkins at (410) 516-7159, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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