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Pair of 1-woman shows bring history alive in the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center

Shirley McMarlin
| Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, 8:57 p.m.

Two women who were pioneers in their niches in American history will be portrayed in back-to-back one-woman shows in the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center.

Award-winning actress and Smithsonian Scholar Mary Ann Jung will play Civil War-era nurse Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at the center at 951 Old Salem Road. She will take the stage again at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 in the role of Rosie the Riveter.

“Both ladies played such an important role in our country's history,” says Mike Langer, president/CEO of the Westmoreland Cultural Trust, which is sponsoring the events. “The Trust is excited to host two shows that are both educational and entertaining.”

As Barton, Jung will discuss being the first woman to work for the federal government as a department head and ambassador, along with the dangers of nursing during the Civil War and her struggle to get America to sign the Geneva Convention

Portraying Rosie, who was actually a composite of women who filled traditionally male factory jobs during World War II, Jung will take her audience to a plant in Willow Run, Mich., where the B-24 Liberator heavy bomber and other aircraft were manufactured.

Audience participation is always a part of Jung's presentations. On the first night, audience members will be invited to portray both Yankees and rebels. On the second night, others will participate as Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Charles Lindbergh and actor Walter Pidgeon, all of whom toured Willow Run.

“She makes you feel like you are participating in history,” says Jim Clayton, chair of the Westmoreland County Historical Society's program committee, who has seen Jung perform.

A portion of show proceeds will go to the American Red Cross Chestnut Ridge chapter and the historical society.

A ticket for each show is a $25.

Details: 724-836-8000 or ggccevents.org

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, smcmarlin@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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