LEWISTON – Marie Cormier will star in “Shirley Valentine,” a one-woman play by Willy Russell, Sunday, April 27, at the Franco-American Heritage Center.

Inside Mrs. Joe Bradshaw of Lewiston, Maine – a mother of two grown children – is the former Shirley Valentine longing to get out. Her hope and self-confidence badly shattered by school, marriage and life, she is reduced to talking to the kitchen wall while preparing her husband’s evening meal – to be on the table as he opens the front door every night.

Her feminist friend offers her a holiday in Greece with great trepidation and a lot of forward planning. Shirley seizes the opportunity and goes to encounter a totally different lifestyle.

Shirley’s emergence out of the mold cast for her by society is shown with humor, warm sympathy and human insight by the author of “Educating Rita” and “Blood Brothers.”

Born on Lameque Island in New Brunswick, Cormier has done theater throughout New England and in Louisiana, Canada, France and Russia. She has appeared on several television programs and has done advertisements for television, radio and print. She is a co-founder of Du Monde D’A Cote, a Franco-American repertory company that performs French plays by Gregoire Chabot and Paul Pare.

The performance will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12, $10 for students and seniors. For reservations, call 689-2000. For more information, visit www.francoamericanheritage.org.


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