The Ladies of the Titanic Have Their Say in Unsinkable Women, Surfacing Jan. 6 at Walnut Street

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The Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio on 3, providing a showcase for "intimate stories in an intimate space," opens its 2004 season with Unsinkable Women: Stories and Songs from The Titanic, Jan. 6-25.

Written and performed by Deborah Jean Templin, "this emotional tour de force focuses on the personal journeys of various women who were aboard The Titanic," according to the announcement.

Official opening for "this powerful study of courage and character" is Jan. 8 at the Off-Broadway-style space attached to the historic Walnut Street.

According to production notes, "On April 15, 1912, the sinking of the Titanic became an international news story – and a grand symbol of survival. Unsinkable Women is based on actual diaries, letters, period songs and interviews. Take a remarkable journey with nine women whose lives were forever altered by their experience including: Madeline Astor, Violet Jessup, Molly Brown and the illustrious Philadelphian, Eleanor Widener."

While appearing in the national tour of Titanic, Deborah Jean Templin conceived this performance piece. Templin has appeared at the Walnut Street Theatre as Miss Hannigan in Annie, Fraulein Kost in Cabaret and Harriet Cornwall in Isn’t It Romantic. She performed at the Merriam Theatre in Titanic. Other national touring productions include Mamma Mia!, Baby and Annie. The artistic team for Unsinkable Women includes creative consultant Nancy Robillard, movement consultant April Feld, costume designer Sara Jablon, lighting designer Shelley Hicklin, and musical supervisor and solo pianist C. Colby Sachs.

In its 2004 season, Walnut's Independence Studio on 3 includes one world and two Philadelphia premieres. In addition, due to its popularity, this acclaimed series expands its schedule to a three-week engagement for each play. Single tickets are $24. For subscription information for the entire Studio on 3 season, call (215) 574-3550. For other information, visit www.wstonline.org.

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