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Petersburg, VA

Sycamore Rouge will present the fascinating, true life story of Elizabeth Keckly, who was best known as the dressmaker to Mary Todd Lincoln, in a one-night performance on Thursday, February 21 at 8 p.m.  They Called Me Lizzy ... From Slavery to the White House is a highly acclaimed one-woman performance about Keckly.  The one-hour performance will be followed by a discussion hosted by Stephanie Jackson, the Connecticut-based actress portraying Keckly, and Kandie Carle, the playwright.

Born into slavery in 1818 in Dinwiddie Courthouse, Virginia, Keckly purchased her freedom and made her way to Washington, DC, where her exceptional dressmaking skills caught the attention of Mary Todd Lincoln.  Keckly became her personal dressmaker/designer, as well as a confidante to the Lincoln family.  This one-woman show, produced by the East Haddam Stage Company in Connecticut, tells a human story -- sometimes triumphant, sometimes tragic, and always fascinating.

Elizabeth Keckly’s story has been put in the national spotlight recently with the release of Steven Spielberg’s movie, Lincoln.  In Lincoln, Elizabeth Keckly is played by Gloria Reuben.

“We’ve wanted to bring They Called Me Lizzy ... From Slavery to the White House to Sycamore Rouge for some time, and we’re thrilled our schedule allowed for it this February,” said kb saine, Producing Artistic Director of Sycamore Rouge.  “Not only is it a perfect way to showcase something new in Black History Month, but we’re also excited that the public may have a better understanding of the time in which Keckly lived thanks to the recent Lincoln movie,” added saine.

Website: www.sycamorerouge.org
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  • Sycamore Rouge
  • 306 North Sycamore Street
  • Petersburg, VA 23803
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