April 10, 2012

The 1906 Melodrama "Bertha, the Sewing Machine Girl" to be Performed at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum

WHAT: The Driehaus Museum is presenting a staged reading of the Gilded Age-era melodrama, Bertha, the Sewing Machine Girl, written by playwright Theodore Kremer.

WHO: Bernard Sahlins, co-founder of the Chicago comedy theater troupe Second City, produced and directs the play. Chicago professional actors will perform, and live piano music and songs will be featured throughout.

WHY:  New programming at the Driehaus Museum now includes staged readings and live performances inspired by late 19th and early 20th century literature. The fully-restored Samuel M. Nickerson mansion is the perfect setting for performances which immerse guests in period-appropriate experiences in an intimate setting. Bertha, the Sewing Machine Girl is the Museum’s first staged reading to be presented in the mansion.

WHEN: Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 40 East Erie Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60611.

TICKETS: $30 Museum members; $40 public. Visit DriehausMuseum.org or call 312-482-8933, ext. 21 to purchase tickets. As space is limited, advance purchase is highly recommended.

ABOUT:The Driehaus Museum preserves and interprets the Gilded Age home of Chicago entrepreneur Samuel M. Nickerson in order to promote the understanding of historic architecture and design, while its collection of period furnishings, paintings, and decorative objects foster appreciation of the fine and decorative arts from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Driehaus Museum fulfills this mission through a range of engaging and immersive public programs.

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