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Mary Todd Lincoln to plead her case Nov. 15

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Maria Bakalis

Maria Boundas Bakalis brings her one-woman original play, "Mary Todd Lincoln: Reflections on a Life of Shattered Dreams" to the CHicago History Museum on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Alone and emotionally abandoned, Mary Todd lincoln spent the years after the assassination of her husband looking back on a life that left her without a family or a place to call home. After enduring the humiliation of an insanity trial, confinement in an asylum and estranged from her only living son, Mary Todd wandered throughout Europe in self-exile. In her compassionate portrayal. Dr. Maria Boundas Bakalis reveals the spirit and heart of Mary Todd Lincoln, a woman of shattered dreams.

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In her roles as both professor and performer, Dr. Bakalis brings her passion both in the classroom and on the stage. Theate and education share a common goal-to make us reflect on our lives, to touch our hearts and minds. In her origianl play, Mary Todd Lincoln: Reflection on a Life of Shattered Dreams, Dr. Bakalis invites us the audience into the world of Mary Todd Lincoln as she herself perceved that world.

Dr. Bakalis holds certificates in acting from London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (London, England), The Athens Center (Athens, Greece), and the Oxfored Round Table,(Oxford, England). She holds a Bachelor of Arts from DePaul Universiy, Masters of Arts from Northeastern Illinois University, and a Doctorate from Northern Illinois University.

Dr. Bakalis has performed on the intermnational stage in Athens, Greece and London, England. Among her other original works are portrayals of opera diva Maria Callas and social reformer and humanitarian Jane Addams.

Dr. Bakalis is Professor of Communications and Theatre at Waubonsee College, Sugar Grove, Il and Director of the Curtain Up Acting Studion and Curtain Up Theatre Ensemble, Glen Ellyn, Il.

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