Laura Rocklyn, Actress
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December

It is a delight for Laura to return to History At Play's Pay-Per-HAP series of livestream living history presentations to share her one-woman performance, "Jane Austen: Who Dares to Be an Authoress?" All the details about how to tune-in for the online event at 7:30pm on Friday, December 4th, may be found here.

2021

Laura is thrilled to have been invited to perform her one-woman play, "Charlotte Brontë: To Do More and Better Things," as a part of The North American Friends of Chawton House Speaker Subscription Series. If you are involved with a book club or literary society that would enjoy taking advantage of the wonderful array of programs available through the series, you can find details about all of the presenters, and how to subscribe, here.



Dolley Payne Todd Madison (1768–1849)

Dolley Payne Todd MadisonThis year is 1804 as Dolley welcomes the audience to a reception at her home and gives them a glimpse into the life of a political hostess in Washington City. Dolley reflects on the adventures that have taken her to the center of society in the capital.

Laura and Peg Henry Pokusa, are developing a performance in which an older Dolley Madison looks back over the events of her life and advises her cousin, Angelia Singleton, on surviving in Washington City. If you are interested in learning more about this presentation, please let us know!

Jane Austen (1775–1817)

Jane AustenThe year is 1815, and Miss Austen has just returned from a visit to The Prince Regent’s London residence. The honor of this invitation prompts her to reminisce about the events that led the daughter of a country clergyman to a position of such notoriety. She shares her thoughts and feelings about her novels and how their publication changed her life forever.

This monologue can also be expanded to include an interactive lesson on Regency etiquette and period movement, or to include some songs and dances of the Regency Era.

Louisa Catherine Adams (1775–1852)

Louisa Catherine AdamsThe year is 1801, and John Quincy Adams’ bride, Louisa, prepares for a New Year’s Day reception at the President’s House in Washington City. Louisa reflects on the differences between the European courts to which she has become accustomed as an ambassador’s wife and the scene in the young United States.

Laura and Peg Henry Pokusa, are expanding this monologue into a performance between Louisa Catherine Adams and Abigail Adams. As Abigail helps Louisa to prepare for the New Year’s Day reception, these two women compare notes on and debate the political issues of the day.

Eleanor Parke Custis (1779–1875)

Eleanor Parke CustisMeet Martha Washington’s granddaughter, Nelly, who offers an insight into the life of George Washington and his family as they move between the largest cities in the young United States, and have a first-hand view as this group of former colonies struggles to become a nation. Nelly shares her unusual perspective on our first President as her caring grandfather. Follow Nelly on her journey through the highest society of the Federal Era as she meets such famous figures as John and Abigail Adams, and Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte!

Charlotte Brontë (1815–1865)

Charlotte BrontëThe year is 1846 and, following the publication of a collection of poems by herself and her sisters, Charlotte has sent the manuscript of a novel, Jane Eyre, to Smith, Elder & Co for their consideration. She talks about her wish to keep her identity as an authoress a secret and the difficulties that this has raised. Charlotte shares with her audience the hardships faced by single women in her era who intend to make a living, and possibly even a name for themselves, and how she and her extraordinary sisters hope to rise above these barriers.


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