An award-winning actress and Smithsonian scholar will perform in Chesapeake City.
Maryland native Mary Ann Jung will portray "Rosie the Riveter" at the Chesapeake City branch library on Monday, January 12, at 6 p.m.
Jung, of Arnold, refers to the event as a "World War II Tribute Show".
"First, it's a tribute to women working at home and it's a tribute to the veterans as well," she said.
A graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in British History, Jung began working at the Maryland Renaissance Festival in 1980. "That's when I fell in love with being in character," she said. Jung is currently the Renaissance Festival's history chairperson and Shakespearean language instructor.
She researches and writes her own programs and performs in authentic costumes.
Jung has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America and CBS Good Morning. She won an award for Top Solo Theatrical Performance in Maryland and has received a citation from the mayor of Baltimore.
The Smithsonian flies Jung all over the country. She has performed in the area but will be making her first appearance in Chesapeake City.
She says her goal is to "teach accurate history lessons in an interesting and fun way". "People who come to the library can expect a fun and surprising show," Jung said. "It's about all the women who worked in a factory. But it's told from the point of view of one particular 'Rosie' – Rose Monroe, who worked at the world's largest factory, Willow Run, in Michigan.
Rosie the Riveter is an iconic symbol for women who worked in factories during World War II.
"There's not just one 'Rosie'," Jung says. "There were millions."
Jung's talk at the library, which is suitable for all ages, will include "funny, surprising stuff" and feature some of the pranks the men played on the women at the factories.
The performance is also interactive.
"My hallmark is taking audience members and putting them in the show," Jung said.
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