Dr. Dawn Duncan performs her one-woman show, “Clara Dillon Darrow: Pioneering Woman” about a historical Red River Valley region woman. The show explores Ms. Darrow’s passionate pursuit for her right to vote in the late 19th and early 20th century. Clara Darrow, the daughter of Irish immigrants – and cousin to both Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Clarence Darrow, was the President of the regional League for Women’s Voters, a leading citizen in Western Minnesota and the Dakota Territories, and the mother of sons who would become the founders of the Dakota Hospital System. From farm wife to political presence, she remains a model of the responsibly engaged citizen.
Dr. Duncan was commissioned to write this show by Bonanzaville and the Cass County Historical Society. She has performed her one-woman show across the Red River Valley region and at a national Irish Studies Conference hosted at the University of Oregon. Dr. Duncan is a professor at Concordia College in Moorhead where she teaches English and Global Studies and specializes in post-colonial Irish literature. She is the author or editor of numerous books.
Her play is about a half hour long, and she will follow the performances with a discussion of the historical era and how to use the library to research material for inclusion in writing – both prose and plays. In addition to being a lauded professor and writer, Dr. Duncan is also an accomplished actress, and she has performed all over the world.
Click this link to watch a preview of the show!
Dr. Duncan’s performance schedule is below:
Tuesday, June 15 at 10 a.m.-Halstad LINK Site
Thursday, June 17 at 10 a.m.-Lake Park LINK Site
Monday, June 21 at 11 a.m.-Fertile Library
Monday, June 21 at 2 p.m.-McIntosh Library
Thursday, June 24 at 10:30 a.m.-Hawley Library
Friday, June 25 at 11 a.m.-Bagley Senior Center
Friday, June 25 at 2 p.m.-Fosston Library Theatre
Monday, June 28 at 11 a.m.-Cormorant LINK Site
Monday, June 28 at 1:30 p.m.-Frazee LINK Site
Tuesday, June 29 at 10 a.m.-Moorhead Library
Tuesday, June 29 at 1 p.m.-Barnesville Library
Tuesday, June 29 at 3:30 p.m.-Rothsay LINK Site
Wednesday, June 30 at 11 a.m.-Mahnomen Library
Wednesday, June 30 at 2 p.m.-Ada Historical Village
There will also be a special performance on Tuesday, August 24 at 2 p.m. in Detroit Lakes Library.
These programs are FREE and open to all. Programming is sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library and supported in part by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF).