- Barbara Frietchie
"Barbara Frietchie, The Frederick Girl" is a play in four acts by
Clyde Fitchand based on the heroine of John Greenleaf Whittier's poem "Barbara Frietchie" (based on a real person: Barbara Fritchie). Fitch takes a good bit of artistic liberty and intertwines her story with that of his own grandparents' love story, which also takes place during the Civil War.
The play met with mixed reviews in 1899 because of the romance he added to the tale, but it would be successfully revived a number of times. Fritchie, a central figure in the history of
Frederick, Maryland, has a stop in the town's walking tour at her home. When Winston Churchillpassed through Frederick in 1943, he stopped at the house and recited the poem from memory. At 95 years of age she waved the Union flag out of her window despite opposition from Stonewall Jackson's troops, who were passing through Frederick. This event is the subject of the 1864 poem:
:"Shoot, if you must, this old gray head,:But spare your country's flag," she said.:A shade of sadness, a blush of shame,:Over the face of the leader came;:The nobler nature within him stirred:To life at that woman's deed and word;:"Who touches a hair of yon gray head:Dies like a dog! March on!" he said.
October 23, 1899–January 1900— Criterion Theatre, Manhattan
Poli's Theatre, Naugatuck, Connecticut
March 19– March 24, 1900—National Theatre, Washington, D.C.Starring Julia MarlowePresented by Charles Frohman
October 15, 1900 Chicago, ILwith Julia Marlowe & Bruce McRae at grand opening of Illinois Theatre
January 28–March 1901—Academy of Music, Manhattan
Barbara Stanwycktook her film name from the name of the play, and a British actress named Joan Stanwyckwho starred in one of the play's productions, perhaps in London.
* [http://www.ibdb.com/show.asp?ID=1833 "Barbara Frietchie"] at the
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