"Upon first hearing that INDEPENCENCE, The True Story of Dr. Mary Walker would be a one-woman show, I was very interested to see how it would play out. I quickly realized why only one actress was cast for this production. Throughout her life, Dr. Mary Walker was an extremely independent and strong woman who never relied on anyone but herself for her success. Why would there need to be another person to tell her story besides one incredible woman? Hearing the amazing story of Dr. Walker’s life and all of the hardships that she endured was unbelievably inspiring. I was shocked that I had never heard of the only woman to ever receive the Medal of Honor, but I was grateful for the play bringing me knowledge of her. Equally informative and entertaining, Kathie Barnes did an incredible job of bringing Lloyd Schwartz’s words to life. Together, they provided the recognition that Dr. Walker deserves through this wonderful tribute to her. I definitely think that this is a production that all people should see to help spread the word of this astounding woman, as well hopefully inspire more untold stories of the history of women to be told."
Temple University Student

“I helped to bring the play to Moorestown Friends School a few years back, when I was a member of their history faculty, and on the basis of that experience, I recommended it to the Education Committee at the retirement community where my parents lived. It was a success both times, both because Tina, the producer, is a consummate professional, and because its star, Kathy Barnes, is as devoted to her audiences as she is to the play.

The play allowed students to see just how hard women in the past worked to change those gender expectations. There is a lot of history packed into that short play!

When Kathy and Tina joined students afterwards, they were generous with both their time and their enthusiasm. They engaged my students in a really lively conversation on a wide range of topics, from the Civil War to how to produce a play. The students took an active part in the discussion and came away feeling they had been part of something quite special.” Dr. Eliza McFeey

"INDEPENDENCE tells the inspiring story of Dr. Mary Walker that sets an example of what we can achieve, if we follow our passion and beliefs. Ahead of her time, she stood up for the rights of woman and equality in the work place, connecting to many issues that we still face in the modern working world. The one-woman play portrays the story in a fascinating and very personal way that will make me remember Dr. Mary Walker and her remarkable life."
Princeton University Student
"I hadn't heard of Dr. Mary Walker prior to this show! And I am stunned that she is not in history books. I am not usually a fan of history or of one person show, but this show was so well done and Kathie Barnes was such an Amazing Actress in the role that I was thoroughly engaged. I recommend that many people, men and women, see this amazing show!"
Audience member
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