"My Summer Vacation" a Dramatization of Classic Short Stories
Our Summer Reading Program will close with a special performance by Michèle LaRue. Ms. LaRue, whose theater and public performances of Tales Well Told have garnered rave reviews, will present a dramatization of specific literary works. The event will take place on Wednesday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room.
My Summer Vacation is comprised of dramatizations of two literary works, Miss Esther’s Guest by Sarah Orne Jewett (1893) and The Nice People by Henry Cuyler Bunner (1890). Jewett, who grew up in South Berwick, Maine, learned much about the rugged individuals of Maine by following her physician father on rounds, and incorporated those thoughts into her best known novel The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896). The book chronicles the lives of those living in and around Dunnet Landing, a fictional town on the coast of Maine. The Nice People, by Henry Clyde Bunner, is from his collection, Short Sixes, one of his many published works. Born in Oswego, New York in 1855, Bunner was for most of his professional life editor-in-chief of Puck, America’s earliest comic weekly. Along with his position at Puck, Bunner also contributed short stories to Scribners, Harpers, and Century.
Michèle LaRue is an Illinois native who has lived in New Jersey for most of her adult life. She performs often with Jersey’s East Lynne Theater Company, which uniquely specializes in American plays of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Many of her stage credits (among them, works by or based on William Dean Howells, Henry James, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman) reflect her fondness for literature of that period. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, and AFTRA—and, as a writer and editor, of Drama Desk, an organization of New York theatre critics.