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Mary’s Joy Tours The Uk And Europe
Jeanmarie Simpson, itinerant Quaker, on the road as Mary Dyer
Mary’s Joy, is written and produced by actor, playwright Jeanmarie Simpson, who also performs the play. Mary’s Joy examines the life of Mary Dyer, the first colonial woman executed in the New World by hanging on June 1, 1660, because she was a Quaker.
The play, a tour-de-force is set against the backdrop of the brutal practices of the Puritan Church/State Government in early New England. The play is honest, painfully graphic and uncompromising in its storytelling. The press has released rave reviews which states Mary’s Joy as a stunning piece of work, brilliantly performed by Jeanmarie Simpson and audiences often so moved they are on their feet cheering at the finish.
Actor Jeanmarie Simpson is Founding Artistic Director of the Nevada Shakespeare Company. She has written and performed over 260 times the play “A Single Woman,” about the life of the first US Congresswoman and pacifist Jeannette Rankin. She starred in the film version that featured Judd Nelson, the voices of Martin Sheen and Patricia Arquette, and the music of Joni Mitchell. In 2007, she appeared at the historic Beverly Hills Theater 40 in the American premier of the solo tour-de-force “Shakespeare Will,” produced by Leonard Nimoy. Jeamarie is a practicing Quaker and life member of the Woman’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Her performance credentials are highly respected for her interpretation of heroic woman in modern and historic times.