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February 22, 2001

Inspired by a true story, the historical novel "With A Silent Companion" tells the remarkable story of Margaret Anne Bulkley, a young woman born in Ireland in the early 1800s.

Seeking an escape from her life of poverty, Margaret enrolls in medical school at Edinburgh University and, after years of study, becomes a surgeon. It is a story of struggle and triumph. And it is made all the more remarkable because Margaret Anne Bulkley does it all disguised as a man.

The research for "With A Silent Companion" will be the subject of a presentation by its award-winning author Florida Ann Town during this week's "Friday at the OPOP" at 7 p.m. Friday in the Old Post Office auditorium, Fifth Street and Olive Avenue in El Centro.

The public is invited to attend the presentation, as well as to speak with the author following her talk. The event is free and is sponsored by the Imperial County Arts Council and Fifth Ave. Books. Funding was provided, in part, by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.


On Monday our artist-in-residency series continues with "The Origin of Corn," a play brought to us by the La Jolla Playhouse. There will be two performances for schools at the OPOP. There is limited seating remaining and teachers need to reserve space right away.

In addition, there will be an evening performance of the play at 6 p.m. Monday at the OPOP. Tickets are available at the door for $5 (adults) and $3 (students) but can be picked up for a slight discount in advance. Call 337-1777 for details.

Additionally, call 337-1777 to reserve your spot at a special mixer to meet the actors, director and crew of "The Origin of Corn." The mixer will run from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, and all proceeds will benefit ICAC programming in the schools.

"The Origin of Corn" is based on a Mayan myth and it tells the story of a boy who learns a lesson in personal responsibility.

Finally, teachers and parents need to mark their calendars for the next Missoula Children's Theatre production. "Treasure Island" auditions will be March 12 and the performances will be March 16 for schools and March 17 for the public. Fifty to 60 children will be recruited for the cast. More information is available by calling 337-1777.

Arts Council Project Manager Randy Carson is filling in for Arts Council interim Executive Director Nan Rebik in writing this column this week.

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