One day Lloyd J. Schwartz (Writer/Director) read a one page article on Dr. Mary Walker, Civil War surgeon and the only woman to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Yet he had never heard of her. Normally adverse to one-person plays, Schwartz couldn’t shake the idea that Dr. Walker’s life was dramatic, intense, pertinent and could captivate an audience.
INDEPENDENCE had its world premiere fittingly in Seneca Falls, New York (the birthplace of the women’s movement), as part of the 100th Anniversary Celebration of women getting the right to vote in New York.
Dr. Mary Walker
THE ONLY WOMAN TO BE AWARDED OUR COUNTRY’S HIGHEST HONOR: THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR
KATHIE BARNES (Performer — Dr. Mary Walker) has enjoyed a wide variety of roles in film, television and even digital having been a series regular in Warner Brothers first online series DECEPTION. Other favorite roles include a semi-regular role on ABC’s “All My Children”, Laura in “The Guiding Light” and Nona in the film “Jimmi”. She previously worked with author/director Lloyd Schwartz on two of her favorite theatrical roles, “What Are We Going to Say to Her?” and the poignant “Poems for Mary.”
Playwright: Lloyd J. Schwartz
Though a prolific writer/producer in TV and Film (Brady Bunch, Gilligan’s Island, Alice, Baywatch), Lloyd is proudest of his accomplishments in theatre. He has had 34 plays produced, and has garnered 16 Valley Theatre League awards.
In 2017, in Seneca Falls, New York, Lloyd directed the world premiere of “Independence,” a play he has written about Dr. Mary Walker, an important figure in the women’s movement. This presentation was part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote in New York. “Independence” had a production at Princeton University, and will soon be playing on a college circuit.
Producer: Tina Dwyer
Once completing her degree in Women’s and Gender Studies at The College of New Jersey she pursues her passion in bringing untold stories of the many women who have marched before us and for us. As Producer, Tina contacts venues, Universities and theaters, creates bookings, negotiates contracts, and gives cues in the booth. For INDEPENDENCE, she also spearheads and books outreach workshops in association with performances, as well as she and Kathie guest lecturing in classes on Women’s Studies.