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One-woman play examines Blackwell

A one-act, one-woman play about Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell will be presented next month in Boston.

“A Lady Alone: Elizabeth Blackwell, MD, First Woman Doctor in U.S.,” written by Dr. N. Lynn Eckhert, will be staged beginning at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 in the Walters Amphitheatre of the Tosteson Medical Education Center at Harvard University, 260 Longwood Ave., Boston.

A networking reception will follow as part of the celebration of September as Women in Medicine month.

Eckhert said she was inspired to write this play after visiting Hobart and William Smith Colleges with her son, Curtis Fazen, who was admitted and eventually graduated in 1999. Now living in Jamaica Plain, Mass., he is a class correspondent for the Pulteney St. Survey.

“It is a story that needed to be told,” said Eckhert who conducted meticulous research, including examining original letters written by members of the Blackwell family.

Modeled in the style of William Luce's play about Emily Dickinson, “A Lady Alone” is performed by Linda Kelley, a professional actress.

After receiving her medical degree in 1849 from Geneva Medical College, a precursor to Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Blackwell became the founding physician for the innovative New York Infirmary for Women and Children, an institution staffed by women doctors for women patients.

The production is sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Partners Office for Women's Careers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Center for the History of Medicine at Countway Library; the Offices of Faculty Development and of Fellowship Training, both at Children's Hospital in Boston; HMS/HSDM Joint Committee on the Status of Women; and the Partners Office for Women’s Careers at Massachusetts General Hospital.