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Attend a live reader's theater as part of the Lake Oswego Reads program

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Nobel Prize winner Gertrude Bell Elion is one of the women scientists who wil be portrayed in Breaking the Sound Barrier: Celebrating Unsung Heroes in Science Feb. 11. The program is presented by AAUW as part of the Lake Oswego Reads program.

The American Association of University Women Lake Oswego Branch and Lake Oswego Reads invite the public to attend "Breaking the Sound Barrier: Celebrating Unsung Heroes in Science," a live reader's theater presentation to be held at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 11 in the community room at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St. in Lake Oswego.

This presentation is part of the Lake Oswego Reads programs, supporting "Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us from Missiles to the Moon to Mars," by Nathalia Holt, this year's selected book. The production brings to light the stories of some of the women scientists who made significant achievements, but are relatively unknown. The actors will portray Gertrude Bell Elion, who won the Nobel Prize for groundbreaking discoveries in medicine and treatments for herpes, cancer and urinary and respiratory tracts; Col. Eileen Collins, the first female pilot and shuttle commander who served on the spaceship Atlantis, inventors and other inspirational scientists.

The program is free and open to all.

The show was written by Gloria Holland of Salem and adapted by director Barbara McDonald of Wilsonville. The cast includes many local women, including Lake Oswegans Nancy Dunis, Jeanne Lemieux, Jeanne-Marie Pierrelouis, Susan Shea and Stephanie Wagner; and Mary Pat Silveira of West Linn. The music director is Esther Halvorson-Hill of Lake Oswego.

Refreshments will be served.

AAUW is a nonprofit organization that seeks to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

Supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs is part of AAUW's mission.

For more information, contact Pat Squire at 503-675-9002 or Karen Rottink at 503-636-9755.

— The Review, Tidings

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