RVCC Theatre Sets Family Production Depicting Survival During World War II

Audience members will learn more about the brave women aboard the Titanic after attending a performance of Deborah Jean Templin’s Unsinkable Women: Stories and Songs from the Titanic, Tuesday, May 5, at the Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg. Stagings are set for noon and 7 p.m.

The one-woman production is the final offering in this season’s Tuesdays with Stories series, which offers a unique way to experience great stories.

Based on actual diaries, letters and interviews, Unsinkable Women brings to life nine famous figures including Madeline Astor and Margaret Tobin Brown—the Unsinkable Molly herself.

Unsinkable Women presents vivid portrayals punctuated with period songs, costumes, wigs and props taken from an authentic 1912 wardrobe trunk. While on stage, Templin transforms herself, shifting from character to character in full view of the audience. Acclaimed as a remarkable tour-de-force, Unsinkable Women has been called “the most affecting and truthful version of the Titanic story today.”

New York magazine has written about the performance: “Templin's accounts of their experiences on the night of the disaster and, just as interesting, what happened to them afterward, are tight and vivid.” Anyone interested in learning more about the topic is invited to read Walter Lord’s A Night to Remember before or after attending the show.

Performances include a discussion as well as light refreshments. The production is recommended for individuals age 14 and older. Tickets cost $10 for the noon performance and $25 for the 7 p.m. show. Tickets are general admission seating. Audience members may pre-order a box lunch for $5 and have lunch at the Theatre before the noon show. Audience members also may take part in the Theatre’s book exchange in the lobby. Feel free to bring any previously read novels.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Box Office, 908-725-3420, or order online at www.rvccArts.org. Senior citizen, student and group discounts are also available for most performances.

The RVCC Theatre offers a RVCC Family Discount (students, faculty and staff) for 50% off on up to four tickets per performance. The discount can be bought with a RVCC ID at the box office or through the Lion’s Den. This discount applies to all shows presented by RVCCArts (rvccarts.org) except those presented at noon for $10.

Deborah Jean Templin in Unsinkable Women:  Stories and Songs from the Titanic.

Deborah Jean Templin in Unsinkable Women: Stories and Songs from the Titanic.

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