Frances Sternhagen Triumphs in Jeffrey Hatcher’s Three Viewings!

Standing from left to right Zaharra Myers, Guest, Peter & Mary Velotti, Actress Frances Sternhagen, Virginia Gilley, Felicity Dell’Aquila- Geyra, and guest. Seated from left to right Suereta Overton, Joann Trifono and Lorraine Currelley.

Poets Network & Exchange’s Poetry and Creative Writing Workshop hosted its first major event on Saturday 8, 2012 at Garito Manor. Our special guest for this event was Actress Frances Sternhagen.

Audience members arrived  filled with excitement and expectation, and Ms. Sternhagen did not disappoint! Ms. Sternhagen gave a wonderful reading of Jeffrey Hatcher’s Three Viewings to a standing room only audience. Ms. Sternhagen mesmerized her audience by skillfully transforming her voice and persona to that of her characters. She transported a willing audience on a journey of emotions, and was showered during her performance with applause from her audience.

At the end of her presentation Ms. Sternhagen received a standing ovation and delighted audience members with a question and answer segment. During the question and answer segment audience members shared their appreciation for an enriching and rewarding experience. At the end of the Q & A Ms. Sternhagen was presented with a lovely bouquet of flowers by workshop member Peter Velotti.

Following the program guests had an opportunity to meet Actress Frances Sternhagen during a reception courtesy of  Garito Manor’s, JoAnn Trifono, Assistant Community Relations Specialist.

Brief Biography:
Raised in Washington, D.C., Frances Sternhagen taught acting, singing and dancing to school children before first performing herself with the Arena Stage Group. Since that time, she has been seen in numerous Broadway shows, nominated five times for a Tony Award and receiving one for “The Good Doctor”. She appeared in include “Equus”, “On Golden Pond”, “Angel” and “You Can’t Take it With You”. Ms. Sternhagen’s film debut was in Up the Down Staircase (1967). Her credits includ Fedora (1978), Starting Over (1979), Outland (1981) and Communion (1989). She delighted Off-Broadway audiences for over two years with her feisty portrayal of the title character in “Driving Miss Daisy”.

Actress Frances Sternhagen , Novelist Felicity Dell’Aquila-Geyra (Far Right) and guests.
(Left) Poet Sdena Heller and guest.
The late Novelist Felicity Dell’Aquila (Left) with guests.
Workshop member Barbara Bolden (Center) and guests.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Novelist and Poetry and Creative Writing Workshop member Felicity Dell’Aquila Geyra for assisting in the arranging of Ms. Sternhagen’s appearance.

Our workshop members are, Barbara Bolden, J. Finney, Felicity Dell’Aquila-Geyra, Virginia Gilley, Lenore Jenkins, Cecilia MBA, Zaharra Myers, Teresa O., Suereta Overtn, Susan Rose, Gurbachan Singh, Peter Velotti & Theodora Weber.

Poets Network & Exchange was founded by poet and writer Lorraine Currelley.  She responded to the need for a creative venue that encouraged and supported the creative process of poets and writers at all levels. A place where poets and writers could meet to share ideas, information and network.

Poets Network & Exchange is a global community group of poets and writers on Face Book.

Poets Network & Exchange host conferences, lectures, retreats, seminars, poetry and creative writing workshops and an open mic. We have many exciting  upcoming programs! Stay tuned by joining our email list.

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