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Ready to Serve
Reservations open May 15

The Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County and Our Town Theatre are partnering to bring the one-woman show “Ready to Serve” to town on Friday, June 9. Written and performed by spoken-word artist Ellouise Schoettler, this show tells the forgotten story of the 64 nurses who served during World War I in France with Johns Hopkins Base Hospital 18. All were graduates of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. The show is free but reservations are required. Those wishing to attend should contact Our Town Theatre at www.ourtowntheatre.org or call 301-334-5640 and leave a message. The evening of the performance, theatre doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m.

“Created from the letters that the nurses sent home from France, Ready to Serve is Schoettler’s second one-woman show that focuses on women’s little-known WWI history – a history that is now, in 2017, 100 years old,” noted Bonnie Winters, the library’s public relations specialist.

“I wanted to give these women a voice during the time of the World War I Centennial,” said Schoettler. “Using their letters, I have created a monologue to tell the nurses' little known experiences. While caring for serious battle injuries and the damages of deadly gas, they faced unexpected personal discomforts and relentless harsh weather, but they kept their spirits up by encouraging each other and their patients with laughter and warm friendship. They speak of wounded doughboys who needed the skilled care a trained nurse could administer. One nurse wrote home saying, ‘I may forget the names, but I will remember the faces of those brave lads forever.’ “

"Schoettler goes way beyond remembering this brave ?group of 64 women,” commented the DC Theatre Scene. “She brings their stories to life and honors their forgotten legacy."

A 25-year professional storyteller based in Chevy Chase, Maryland, North Carolina native Schoettler says she is an “old-time southern teller” just like those she knew when she was growing up. She blends life experiences and history to create one-woman shows that celebrate the lives of ordinary people, which she performs nationwide for adult and family audiences.

This event is funded in part by Western Maryland Regional Library, the regional resource center for the public libraries of Allegany, Garrett, and Washington Counties.

Our Town Theatre is funded in part by grants from the Garrett County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.

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