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Violet Oakley Unveiled

In November 2021, Violet Oakley Unveiled had a limited special engagement at Open Stage, a theatre company in Harrisburg, PA. The last performance celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Harrisburg chapter of the AAUW, as documented in their newsletter shared to this website under “Gallery.”

That particular performance led to an invitation for Cindy to speak at the Harrisburg AAUW March 2022 meeting  honoring Women’s History Month. Members are curious about Cindy’s researching, writing, and producing Violet Oakley Unveiled. “For Love of Violet” will be open to the public and will take place at Cleve J. Fredricksen Library, 100 North 19th Street, Camp Hill, on Thursday, March 24, at 7 pm.

Stephanie Via portrayed the passionate activist and feminist artist Violet Oakley in this one-woman play  with a score composed by Chris Purcell. Via’s portrayal of Violet Oakley was so powerful that she received a standing ovation at the end of each performance.

Violet Oakley, in 1902, was the first female artist to be awarded a commission to decorate a public building: the newly constructed Pennsylvania capitol. In Violet Oakley Unveiled, Violet returns to to expose the personal trials and triumphs hidden in her 43 capitol murals.  

Pictures from the performance at Open Stage may be found under “Gallery.” Special thanks to Open Stage for permission to use the above graphic.

Meet Cindy Rock Dlugolecki

Cindy Rock Dlugolecki is a playwright who resides in Mechanicsburg, PA. The Hand That Holds The Quill is the latest project in Dlugolecki’s long writing career. Now age 72, she began writing in a high school journalism class and never stopped. While juggling marriage, motherhood, and teaching high school English and creative writing, she attended playwriting workshops and earned her master’s degree in creative writing from Wilkes University.

Dlugolecki’s credits include 18 plays of various lengths—10-minute plays, one- and two-act scripts, and a collection of monologues—mostly produced in central Pennsylvania theatres; two plays are published. Her works have earned both national and international recognition.