My friend, Ruth Baker, is in my writers’ club and is a playwright. She wrote a play about Edith Hamilton’s life, which includes her two sisters and her wife that’s going to be performed in Fort Wayne in early March. Appropriate, since Edith and her sisters grew up in Fort Wayne. Here’s the info if you live nearby and are as big a fan of Edith Hamilton as I am.
Where: PIT theater at the back of Kettler Hall. (Not the big Williams Theater).
Times: 7:30: on Fridays and Saturdays. 2: on Sundays
When: March 4,5,6th and the following weekend11, 12, 13th
Pay at the theater by CASH or CHECK (No credit card)
May purchase at theater OR reserve by calling 260-416-4461 (Thom Hoefrichter)
This theater only seats 99.
The talent is terrific! Hope to see you there.
I took Latin for four years in high school. Loved the language but don’t remember a thing after all these years. What I do remember is what we translated–The Odyssey, The Iliad–and got so sick of hearing Aeneas whine, I thought I’d shoot myself,–and myths. I loved myths!
My little sister was twelve years younger than I was and used to pester me every night for a bedtime story, so I’d tell her a myth from Edith Hamilton’s book. She learned about Juno and why the peacock’s tail feathers has so many “eyes” and about the sculptor’s statue who came to life. She grew fond of Hermes and worried about how fickle Jupiter was.
Edith Hamilton brought myths to life. I still own her book. But I never realized that she grew up in Fort Wayne and broke so many barriers. This post is my tribute to her.
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I’m ashamed to admit I’d never heard of Edith Hamilton before. I just looked her up on Google and she left quite an amazing legacy. I’m glad you have so many good memories of her work. And a huge congratulations to your friend, Ruth. How wonderful to see her play performed!
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If you weren’t into myths and Roman society, you probably wouldn’t know Edith Hamilton, but she was WAY ahead of her times! She was the first woman headmaster over a high-powered woman’s college. Her sister worked to make working conditions safer and study health problems for workers. Her other sister worked at teaching art at Hull House in Chicago. They were a dynamic trio!