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Hope Will Present One-Woman Play
"Baring Fruit" on Monday, Sept. 18

Posted September 12, 2000

HOLLAND -- Equity actor Elizabeth Rainer will perform her one-woman theatre piece, "Baring Fruit," on Monday, Sept. 18, at 8 p.m. at Hope College in the DeWitt Center main theatre.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Co-written by Rainer and her director Heidi Rose Robbins, "Baring Fruit" explores the life of Paula Modersohn-Becker, a radical German painter who lived at the turn of the century. Using actual letters and journal articles, Robbins and Rainer have crafted the story of Modersohn-Becker's life, capturing her struggle to reconcile her bold artistic aspirations with her desire for a rich and fulfilling family life.

Her paintings were on the cutting edge of Expressionism, utilizing light and color in ways not seen before. As a female artist in a world dominated by men, Modersohn-Becker had to be particularly brilliant to achieve recognition--and achieve it she did. The play incorporates much of her artwork as a visual backdrop to the production's action.

Elizabeth Rainer has performed with Hope Summer Repertory Theatre in roles such as Luisa in "A Shayna Maidel," Cecily in "The Importance of Being Earnest," Viola in "Twelfth Night" and the title role in "Peter Pan." Heidi Rose Robbins directs, acts and teaches throughout the United States and abroad, and for the past four years has served as director of Shakespeare and associate chair of theatre at the Interlochen Arts Camp.

The DeWitt Center is located on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. The performance is sponsored by the college's Cultural Affairs Committee, Department of Theatre, Department of Art, and Department of Modern and Classical Languages.

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