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For Immediate Release: December 26, 2007
Contact: Gina Hebert, 508-289-7725, ghebert@mbl.edu

Susan B. Anthony’s Words to Come to Life at January 4 Falmouth Forum at the MBL

Sally Matson

MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—Actress and educator Sally Matson, will bring the fiery speeches, humorous letters, and revealing diary entries of women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony to life at a Falmouth Forum performance titled Susan B. Anthony – the Invincible! on Friday, January 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the MBL’s (Marine Biological Laboratory’s) Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole. The lecture, presented by the MBL Associates, is sponsored by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and is free and open to the public.

Ms. Matson has woven together a story filled with wit and emotion. The dramatic portrayal, filled with emotional intensity, highlights Miss Anthony’s involvement in abolition, women’s rights, and woman suffrage. Letters, speeches, and diaries reveal her intellect and humor as she deals with angry mobs, the 15th amendment, her trial for voting illegally, trips through the West, and famous contemporaries such as Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and Theodore Roosevelt. Ms. Matson’s performance will draw parallels to current political challenges, such as arguments over Constitutional amendments, wage equality for women, and voting rights for all.

Ms. Matson is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Communication. She studied writing at the University of Virginia and Manhattanville College. She has had major roles in A Thousand Clowns, Miss Reardon Drinks a Little, and The Crucible, among others. In addition to acting and directing for 30 years, she has been a teacher, most recently at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell.

Admission to this Falmouth Forum presentation is free and open to the public. A buffet dinner is available before the lecture at 6:00 p.m. in the Swope Center located near the auditorium. Dinner tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance at either Eight Cousins Children’s Books, Main Street, Falmouth, or at the MBL’s Communications Office in the Candle House, 127 Water Street in Woods Hole. Dinner seats are limited and tickets are only available until they sell out or until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 31. All tickets are nonrefundable. For more information contact the MBL’s Communications Office at 508-289-7423.

The Falmouth Forum will continue throughout the winter. The remaining lectures in the series are below.
  • January 25, 2008
    “Making Fiction from Fact: The Writing of People of the Book"
    Geraldine Brooks, author of the Pulitzer Prize winner, March
    (Herman Epstein Endowed Lecture)

  • February 8, 2008
    "An Overview of the First Year & Looking Ahead"
    Ian Bowles, Secretary, Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

  • March 7, 2008
    "The Media and the Presidential Campaign"
    Lance Morrow, award-winning essayist for TIME magazine and author of eight books

All lectures are free and open to the public. For more information and for full lecture descriptions, visit http://www.mbl.edu/falmouthforum

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The MBL is an international, independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to improving the human condition through creative research and education in the biological, biomedical and environmental sciences. Founded in 1888 as the Marine Biological Laboratory, the MBL is the oldest private marine laboratory in the Western Hemisphere. For more information, visit www.MBL.edu

The MBL Associates are a group of individuals and businesses that support the scientific mission of the MBL through their gifts to the Annual Fund. The Associates sponsor educational and research programs for the MBL and raise funds for special projects. In addition, they operate the MBL Associates Gift Shop, located on Water Street in Woods Hole, the profits from which support scientific fellowships.