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'The Yellow Wallpaper' returns to Vachel Lindsay Home Oct. 13

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[October 06, 2012]  SPRINGFIELD -- A free performance of the compelling 1892 drama "The Yellow Wallpaper" will return to the Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.

The performance by Over the Moon Productions stars Aasne Vigesaa and is directed by Springfield's Kevin Purcell. There have been capacity crowds at the Lindsay Home for each presentation of the drama the past several years. Oct. 13 will be the final time to see the performance this year at the Lindsay Home.

"The Yellow Wallpaper," by author Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature, illustrating attitudes in the 19th century toward women's physical and mental health. The story is told through the secret journal entries of a narrator whose physician husband has confined her to the bedroom of a house he has rented for the summer. She is kept in a room with bars on the windows, a gate across the stairs and yellow wallpaper. This is because of what the husband calls a "temporary nervous depression -- a slight hysterical tendency," a diagnosis common to women of that period.

The performance is not suitable for small children.

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Since seating is limited, reservations must be made by calling 217-524-0901. Reservation requests will be accepted on voice mail and confirmed with a return phone call.

There is always a waiting list to see "The Yellow Wallpaper," so people who have reservations but have a change of plans for the evening are asked to contact the Lindsay Home. The doors open at 6:30 p.m., and there will be no seating after 7 p.m.

The Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site, 603 S. Fifth St. in Springfield, is the birthplace and longtime residence of poet, author and artist Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, 1879-1931. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for free public tours.

[Text from file received from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]

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