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Member Kickoff & Blake’s Barn Preview Reception

All Members welcome! Attend an exclusive screening of the feature film The Chaperone, depicting film star/dancer Louise Brooks, Pillow founder Ted Shawn, and Ruth St. Denis, and meet the film’s choreographer, John Carrafa; followed by a preview of the new exhibition in Blake’s Barn entitled Dance We Must: Another Look, hosted by Director Pamela Tatge and Director of Preservation Norton Owen.

Check-in begins at 4pm at the Ted Shawn Theatre for the general admission screening at 4:15. A reception with light refreshments will follow in Blake’s Barn at 6:30pm. Please note, this is a pre-season event; dining venues will not be open.


About The Chaperone

Based on Laura Moriarty’s New York Times best-selling novel and written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, The Chaperone centers around the life of Louise Brooks, an American film actress and dancer during the 1920s and 1930s. Louise Brooks epitomized the restless, reckless spirit of the Jazz Age. But, just a few years earlier, she was a 15 year-old student in Wichita, Kansas for whom fame and fortune were only dreams. When the opportunity arises for her to go to New York to study with the leading dance troupe, Denishawn, her mother (Victoria Hill) insists there be a chaperone. Norma Carlisle (Elizabeth McGovern), a local society matron who never broke a rule in her life, impulsively volunteers to accompany Louise (Haley Lu Richardson) to New York for the summer.

Why does this utterly conventional woman do this? What happens to her when she lands in Manhattan with an unusually rebellious teenager as her ward? And, which of the two women is stronger, the uptight wife-and-mother or the irrepressible free spirit? It’s a story full of surprises—about who these women really are, and who they eventually become.

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