Susan Marie Frontczak

RooseveltIt is December 1942. Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, who changed the role of the first lady  through her active participation in American politics, has just returned from England, where she visited with soldiers, generals, royalty and working people.

Susan Marie Frontczak, a storyteller who has brought literature and history to life for more than two decades, will portray Eleanor Roosevelt on the Renaissance Theater stage at 7 p.m.  Friday, Feb. 16. Her performance will include a monologue, and an audience Q&A with both "Mrs. Roosevelt" and the presenter.

It is a crucial time for Eleanor. She has worked tirelessly for world peace for 20 years through a world court, but her husband,  the president of the United States, is embroiled in the largest war the planet has ever known. Through this presentation, we will learn how the first lady feels about the individual’s role in a world torn by war, hardship and uncertainty.

In her performances, Frontczak melts, stretches and reforms the boundaries among theater, storytelling and public speaking, as she addresses and responds to audience questions while portraying an historical character. In addition to Roosevelt,  she often performs as Marie Curie, who discovered radium; Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein; Irene Castle, a dancer who popularized ragtime and bobbed hair; and Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. 

Tickets to this presentation are $15 per person and will be available online Oct. 1. They may also be purchased at the LLL Center, before any Monday Morning Lecture or at the door of the Renaissance Theater on the evening of the presentation.

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