Kishwaukee College will welcome actress Pippa White to campus for two performances on Wednesday, November 11. Both performances have a focus on the Civil War, which ended 150 years ago this year, as well as being a though-provoking look back on Veteran’s Day at a war that yielded American veterans from both sides. At 12:30p.m., White will perform Civil War Women and at 7:00p.m. she will perform On Our Own Soil. Civil War Women is free admission; On Our Own Soil has a $10 admission charge. Both shows will be in Jenkins Auditorium at Kishwaukee College and are open to the public.
Pippa White is no stranger to Kishwaukee College. She performed Voices from Ellis Island, Voices from the Resistance, and The Story of the Orphan Train at the College in the past to standing room only audiences. After a successful career in theatre and television, White drew on her experience, talent, and gift for replicating nuances of accent and inflection to form One’s Company Productions in 1994. One’s Company Productions allows her to combine theater, storytelling and history.
She travels the United States with her one-woman performances. Each show is crafted by White from the letters, diaries, and memoirs of real people who witnessed and lived history. With a few simple props and changes in physical presentation and voice, Pippa White makes history come alive with drama and poignancy in the words of ordinary people who found themselves in extraordinary places and times.
Civil War Women will be performed at 12:30p.m. and will take the audience to the battlefields, farms, cities, and homesteads of the women who lived through the Civil War. Hear the experiences from “saints, soldiers and spies”–proof that women in war have never been on the sidelines.
On Our Own Soil will be performed at 7:00p.m. and lets America’s citizens, both from the North and from the South, tell what it was like to live through our country’s greatest upheaval and greatest ordeal. Soldiers, nurses, children, generals, townsfolk all weigh in to share their stories and their experiences as war became a way of life for the nation for years. Whether in uniform or not, everyone was touched by war on our own soil. Hear their true stories.
Both performances are part of the Kishwaukee College Library series Great Stories and are co-sponsored by the Center for Business Development and Continuing Education.
For more information on the two performances by Pippa White at Kishwaukee College, contact the Leigh Twaragowski, Library Public Support Services at 815-825-2086, ext. 5100. For more information on Pippa White and One’s Company Productions, visit www.pippawhiteonecompany.com.