Originally published in Castine Patriot, August 22, 2013
Sally Jones to portray Senator Margaret Chase Smith
As part of its Centennial Celebration, the Castine Woman’s Club is bringing the original play by Linda Britt Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington to the campus of Maine Maritime Academy Sunday, September 1, at 1 p.m. at Delano Auditorium in Leavitt Hall.
Sally Jones portrays Senator Margaret Chase Smith in a captivating performance, in which the senator speaks directly to the audience and shares both private and public moments of her life, according to a news release. “She chats about her journey from humble beginnings in Skowhegan, Maine, to a position of power and respect as a United States Senator,” the release states. “The performance is entertaining from beginning to end with just enough comedy to keep the audience entertained.”
According to one audience member in a letter to the Advertiser Democrat: “Sally Jones is magnificent in her portrayal of Senator Margaret Chase Smith…For the first time in my life I can say I actually enjoyed a history lesson. I must also say this play was brilliantly written.”
Following her performance, and still in the character of Senator Smith, Jones returns to the stage and asks the audience to share experiences they have had with the her. Their stories often range from amusing anecdotes to profound stories of thanks.
Jones has performed the show in venues all over the state. Among those are Stonington Opera House, Johnson Hall in Gardner, Celebration Barn Theatre in South Paris, the University of Southern Maine in Portland and the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame in Augusta.
Senator Smith was a Maine woman of courage and integrity, the first woman elected to both the House of Representatives and to the Senate, the first senator to speak up publicly against Senator Joseph McCarthy, and the first woman to have her name placed in nomination for president at a national Republican or Democratic Convention. This production brings the senator to life for a contemporary audience.
Tickets are available at the door. Proceeds will fund the Castine Woman’s Club scholarships. The event is being hosted by Maine Maritime Academy which features a Margaret Chase Smith building on its campus. Sponsors for the performance include Bangor Savings Bank, Castine Historical Society, Saltmeadow Properties, and Wilson Museum. For more information, call Valerie Taub at 326-8450.