Hodges Center to host free play on the life of Sarah Bernhardt

The Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning at Hodges University will host a free play on the life of French actress Sarah Bernhardt. The production will be performed on August 11, 2010, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at Homewood Residence, 770 Goodlette Road and 7th Avenue, in the Commons in Naples.

This one-woman costumed presentation looks at the famous turn-of-the-century French actress Sarah Bernhardt. Renowned for her golden voice and her ability to fully inhabit the roles she played, the “Divine Sarah” moved beyond the stilted, artificial portrayals common in theater at the end of the 19th century, and brought a more realistic drama to the stage.  Sarah was a true diva and perhaps the first international superstar.  LaVie Divine! is a lesson in history and the passionate pursuit of life, wrapped in an entertaining package of humor, sorrow and the will to become immortal.

Janina Birtolo earned a BA in English at Boston College and an MS in television broadcasting at Boston University. Janina has worked as a freelance writer for local newspapers for more than 20 years.  Ms. Birtolo’s writings are regularly published nationally and in such local publications as N Magazine, The Phil, Gulfshore Life, Times of the Islands and Naples Illustrated.  In 2001 she was chosen "Writer of the Year" by the Florida Magazine Association.  Janina is also a field producer for Arts Edition Prime Time, an art magazine show produced by WGCU-TV.  Ms. Birtolo’s one-woman shows have become her current focus.  An avid reader and a history buff, she hopes to use the lives of historical women to educate and inspire others and to tell captivating stories of courage and dedication.

The play is free of charge but reservations are required. To reserve a seat, please contact Christine Wheeler at (239) 598-6133.

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