Renowned Actor-Playwright Stars In Nc Film As Martyred Mother Of The First Amendment

Snow Camp, NC (July 9, 2019) — Chuck Fager and Spring Friends Meeting present HERETIC – The Mary Dyer Story in September.

Renowned actor-playwright, Jeanmarie Simpson journeys to North Carolina in HERETIC – The Mary Dyer Story, a play about pre-First Amendment martyr, Mary Dyer.

Known for her performance portraits of fierce, historical women, Simpson has distinguished herself among her peers in the entertainment industry.

Simpson with Nelson on set during the filming of A Single Woman in 2006.

Actor Judd Nelson said, “Jeanmarie’s elemental conflict – the struggle between her huge heart and her mighty mind, between impression and fact, between situational ethics and absolute truth. You and I, the outsiders, the spectators watching, we are the lucky ones able to receive her wisdom, and courage, and truth, and hope, and grace. Ultimately, I believe Jeanmarie to be one of humanity’s invaluable resources.”

The late, great Leonard Nimoy simply called her “brilliant.”

Humorist Dylan Brody said, “She is a terrific writer, a riveting performer and an artistic activist of the sort all too rarely seen in America today.

Superstar Joni Mitchell called her “a dedicated artist and remarkable woman.”

Filming the play occurs on the 14th, when the audience will uniquely contribute to the context and become part of the film.

The author-performer says of her subject, “The American First Amendment had everything to do with Mary Dyer being hanged more than a century before it was drafted. Speaking very personally, her life – the choices she made, the way she kept going – has helped me find the ambition to get up many a morning when all I wanted was to crawl under the covers and stay there. My insight, more a revelation, is that choices make us whole. We are powerful when we choose things, as opposed to having them thrust upon us and being forced to accept them. Even hard things, even being executed, when it’s our choice, is a liberation. I think about that every day now, and it’s a gift Mary gave to me.”

Simpson in Toronto, 2015


September 13 and 14 2019
Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14 evening public performances at 7pm.
Saturday 11am – 5pm private filming.

Alamance County, North Carolina
Spring Friends Meeting House
3323 E Greensboro Chapel Hill Road
Snow Camp, North Carolina 27349

September 15, 2019
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
531 Raleigh Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Each performance is followed by a discussion. For Mature Audiences. No late seating.

Goodwill donations heartily encouraged.


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