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The Bridesmaid of Barrington Hall Performance and High Tea Coming to Roswell in December

Barrington Hall will host The Bridesmaid of Barrington Hall, an original work by playwright Beverly Trader Austin, depicting the 1923 interview between Atlanta’s own Margaret Mitchell and the matriarch of Barrington Hall, Catherine Evelyn “Eva” King Baker.

Performances will take place on December 1 and 2 from 3 to 5 p.m.  A formal tea in the barn activity room will follow the performance. Tickets are $30 each.

This original script will be performed by local actress Holly Stevenson in a one-woman dramatization of the interview. At that time, Margaret Mitchell was a reporter for The Atlanta Journal, and the interview was a featured story in the Sunday Magazine. In the interview, Baker shared tales of growing up in the area and gave insight into the life of Mittie Bulloch, her dear friend and the mother of President Theodore Roosevelt, lovingly recalling Mittie’s Christmastime wedding to Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. The play not only captures the personality of the two women, but also includes a recap of President Roosevelt’s 1905 visit to Roswell, where he visited Barrington Hall and joined Baker for tea.

“Catherine Baker witnessed some of the most drastic changes during that time. From her journey as a child in an oxcart relocating to this part of Georgia, through the Civil War, to living out her final years in the home that now has a telephone and icebox,” said Robert Winebarger, Barrington Hall Site Coordinator.

Seating is limited. For tickets and additional information, call 770-640-3855.

About the playwright, Beverly Trader Austin
Since 1974, Beverly Trader Austin’s work has been professionally performed and favorably reviewed in London, New York, Los Angeles, and around the Southeast. Austin’s musical Zion! played at the Marietta Performing Arts Center in May 2016 and will be an annual performance each May. The musical was also featured at New York’s New Federal Theatre with Tony-winner Ron Richardson. Austin’s play The Wishing Place was the first play directed by Tony-winner Kenny Leon. She has collaborated with Holly Stevenson in the past in Austin’s production of Over the Garden Wall, performed since 1993 and a local favorite.

About the actress, Holly Stevenson
Actress, storyteller, teacher, writer and singer Holly Stevenson is well-known for her expressiveness, energy, versatility and humor. Every spring, Stevenson brings her portrayal of writer and illustrator, Beatrix Potter, to Barrington Hall in the annual Tea with Beatrix Potter event.

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