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February 24, 2010

See Zelda Fitzgerald at Hoke Library 3/12

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Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                       

DATE: FEBRUARY 24, 2009                                                                                                         

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403                                                    



WHO:          Sponsored by the Friends of the Hoke Library in Jensen Beach, Inc., in support of the Martin County Library System

WHAT:  Chautauqua South:  Muse to Madness

                    Presented by Debra Conner   

In celebration of Women’s History Month, actress and scholar Debra Conner will portray Zelda Fitzgerald in her original one-woman play, Muse to Madness, 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 12 in the Community Room of the Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach. The performance is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required.

 Zelda Fitzgerald and her husband, writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, were the golden couple of the 1920s, epitomizing the roaring promise of the decade. They were wealthy, glamorous and talented, and their pictures were splashed across newspapers and magazines worldwide. She was America’s first flapper and served as the model for Scott’s fictional heroines. Zelda and Scott’s brilliance and their excesses defined the age. And like the decade itself, their brief, tempestuous lives ended in calamity. Beginning at age thirty, Zelda spent much of her remaining years in mental hospitals, receiving treatment for schizophrenia. She perished at age 48 in a fire at Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina.

Muse to Madness allows Zelda to tell the story of her glory and her disintegration. Zelda takes her guests on a journey through memory, recounting her life as wife and muse to one of America’s greatest writers, F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby. It is, as one writer described it, “the saddest story you’ve ever heard.”

Debra Conner began portraying Emily Dickinson in 1997, thanks to a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Since then, she has performed for Humanities Councils in many states, including Maryland, Ohio and Arkansas. She also has toured with the Ohio Chautauqua program and since 1998 has been part of the West Virginia Humanities Council’s History Alive! Program. Debra also conducts workshops and residencies in creative writing. Her writing has appeared in many publications.

WHEN:      Friday, March 12, 2:00 p.m.

 WHERE:   Hoke Library, Community Room, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach

HOW:         Free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations required.

For more information call 772/221-1403, pick up a Library Connection or Chautauqua South brochure at any branch library, or visit the library Web site at



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