So there I was, trying to think of something to make a blog post about that was not whining about how I couldn’t make a blog post today or sharing pictures of monster movies, when I saw that a friend on Facebook had shared a memory from 2015, and I said, “Ah, Roxy.”
This is a rehearsal shot from the play Roxy by Jack Sherman, that was presented by the Herkimer County Historical Society at Ilion Little Theatre in September of 2015. It concerns a famous local murderess, who was tried in the Herkimer County Courthouse and hanged behind the 1834 Jail. I played the title role. It was a large cast, and everybody had a chance to shine. It was quite the theatrical experience for all involved (I believe I wrote a few blog posts about it). Having downloaded the above photo for inclusion in today’s post, I typed “Roxy Ilion Little Theatre” into the Facebook search box to see what else I could find.
This is the poster. The Historical Society also had little magnets of it made up. I have one on my refrigerator now.
This is my wonderful husband, Steven, who played four different roles. Here he portrays Dr. Suiter, who rather fancied himself as a forensic expert and had a lot to do with getting Roxy hanged. Thanks a lot, Steve!
A friend put this frame on a picture of me. As far as I remember, no reward was offered for Roxy’s capture, and she wasn’t that hard to take in anyways. If you want to know the real story of Roxalana Druse, I recommend James M. Greiner’s book, Last Woman Hanged. I said I was not going to be in any more plays for a while. Still, if anybody decided to stage a revival of Roxy… well, let’s just say I would take it under consideration.