“Conversations in Mary’s Home”
A unique program at the Fairport Museum, “Conversations in Mary’s Home” written by Erica Kortepeter-Ragan, will be performed by the Webster Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd Players on Tuesday, April 17, 7:00 pm at the museum (18 Perrin St.). Still in the development stages, the play was originally written for an evening performance celebrating Susan B. Anthony’s birthday in 2006. (“Mary” was Susan B’s sister with whom she lived when in Rochester.) The central theme centers around the idea that “we are all products of a cast of characters” and focuses on the life of Susan B. Anthony and key people that helped create the striking historical figure that she became through her many causes of temperance, abolition and suffrage for women. The play was written to honor the author’s paternal grandmother, Olive Derbyshire Kortepeter, a strong Quaker, who passed away at the age of 102 before the first performance. It is her words and “voice” that are woven into the fabric and dialogue of the play. Born in Toronto, Canada, Erica Kortepeter-Ragan has always loved stories and writing. The product of a creative family of six children, Ms. Ragan was raised near Princeton, New Jersey, and spent her summers in the Adirondack mountains of New York State. After teaching in the Toronto Public Schools for ten years, Ms. Ragan moved to Rochester where she and her family settled in Fairport. A former French and Spanish teacher at Allendale Columbia School, she now uses her language skills to teach English as a Second Language with Monroe #1 BOCES to students entering the U.S. from other countries around the world. Ms. Ragan loves to write in her spare time and enjoys gathering new stories every day. All are welcome to attend this free program. Find more information at: www.perintonhistoricalsociety.org.