In this, the bicentenary year of our 16th President, Abraham   Lincoln’s birth; the Pike County Historical Society invites you to  an encore performance of Mary Todd Lincoln: A Woman on the Edge at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 17.


In this, the bicentenary year of our 16th President, Abraham   Lincoln’s birth; the Pike County Historical Society invites you to  an encore performance of Mary Todd Lincoln: A Woman on the Edge at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 17.
 Portrayed by local actress Stacy Jane Case, Mary Todd Lincoln is brought to life in this soliloquy written by Lori Strelecki, the Director of the Columns Museum, home of the famous Lincoln Flag.
The piece is genuine and heartfelt, as it encompasses the many thoughts and emotions of a First Lady who endured much tragedy and was misunderstood by the American public.  Case’s interpretation will make you laugh and cry, as Mary Todd was a woman of many facets and complexities who carried the burden of our Nation through the Civil War, personal tragedy and the death of a beloved President.
First performed in February at The Columns Museum, the performance was sold out and extremely well received.  The Pike County Historical Society is proud to offer this encore performance as a dinner show at the Water Wheel Café’s Lounge, on July 17th, 2009.  Tickets are $45 per person and include dinner and dessert.  The menu includes a salad of baby mixed greens followed by your choice of crispy hazelnut pork chops, grilled & roasted five-spice all-natural free-range chicken with soy lime sauce or penne primavera.  Dessert, Lincoln’s “Favorite Apple Square,” and coffee or tea are included in the ticket price.  Please call (570)296-8126 to make your reservation.
The Water Wheel Café is located on Water Street in Milford in the Upper Mill Complex.  There will be a cash bar starting at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 and the show will follow.
 The role of Mary Todd Lincoln will be performed by Stacy Jane Case, an actress, self-proclaimed patriot, and multi-talented professional with many credits.  She has studied at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, and has also attended the city’s Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.
Among her acting credits are “A View From the Bridge,” which also starred Burt Young, and received Drama Log’s “Best Play in L.A.” in 1995.  She has performed in many readings at the National Arts Club in New York, and also has  television experience including the PBS children’s phenomenon, “Math Net.”
Ms. Case who has said that she has “a great love for God, Country, family and friends,” is a great friend of non-profit organizations such as the Pike County Historical Society. In October she did a well-received dramatic portrayal of Lizzie Schultz, a victim of spousal abuse who was killed by her husband in the late 1800s.
As for Mary Todd Lincoln, Ms. Case has prepared herself for an interesting performance.  The portrayal of Mrs. Lincoln takes place in the latter part of Mary Todd’s life, recalling the many tragedies and triumphs of her life with the President.       
 The piece is filled with emotion and will, hopefully, allow the audience to experience an interesting peek at the real Mrs. Lincoln as perceived by the writer of the soliloquy, Lori Strelecki.
Ms. Case has diligently studied and researched Mary Todd for this role, and has gained an understanding of the complexities of the woman.