Women’s history program in Coon Rapids

Coon Rapids Senior Services will mark National Women’s History Month with a special event Friday, March 30.

Author, performer and storyteller Jane Curry will present one-woman performance, “Samantha ‘Rastles’ the Women Questions,” in a dessert and coffee event at 1:30 p.m. at the Coon Rapids Civic Center.

In the program, Curry is Samantha Smith Allen, a rustic philosopher of sound country stock whose ideas on various issues are grounded in an affection for common sense and faith in its applicability to problems.

“Through her typical, popular brand of 19th century horse sense American humor, she challenges the status quo of social norms regarding women’s issues and plants herself squarely on the side of sensible women’s right,” Curry states on her website.

“She ‘rastles’ with questions concerning history’s treatment of women, rights denied by the church, women’s powerlessness before the law, social status, role assumptions and more.”

After the monologue, audience members are invited to address questions to Samantha.

Curry, who lives in Minneapolis, has bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees and has taught English at both the high school and college levels. She has had three books published, performed with the Minnesota Chautauqua circuit and has toured in 48 states as well as Israel and Japan.

Besides “Samantha ‘Rastles’ the Women Questions,” Curry has researched, written and performed nationally four other solo shows since 1983 – “Nice Girls Don’t Sweat,” “Miz Wizard’s Science Secrets,” “Sisters of the Quill and Skillet” and “Just Say Know: Educating Females for the 21st Century.”

The cost of the Coon Rapids Senior Services performance is $5.

The performance is sponsored by Margaret Tjosvold, Mary Tjosvold and Mary T Inc., a top 10 women-owned business in Minnesota that includes health care, hospice, Camilia Rose Care Center and senior housing.