One day – two shows – and live music

Rosa Parks (Becky Stone) and Hedy Lemarr  (Judith Kalaora)

September 12, 2021 – one day only!

Show starts at 2:00 pm with Radical Rosa Parks – followed by some of the best live North Carolina music there is – with Hollywood Hedy Lamarr concluding the event.

Meet two amazing American game-changers – hear their stories – ask them how they re-invented their world. You’ll laugh – you’ll cry – you’ll have lots of questions. And they’ll be answered. Bring your stories. Share your experiences. Get inspired. Because it’s not just history – it’s personal.

  • Demand your Civil Right with Rosa Parks

  • Set the stage for cell phones & wi-fi with Hollywood’s Hedy Lamarr

All Buncombe Chautauqua shows will be held at outdoors at the Warren Wilson College Pavilion,

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Hedy Lamarr | portrayed by Judith Kalaora

Saturday September 12 — Warren Wilson College Pavilion | MAP
Music: TBA
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Who would have believed that “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World,” Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr, was a genuine ceiling-crasher scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication, and made your cell phone, GPS, and Wi-Fi possible? But there’s no law that says an inventor can’t be beautiful.

She was the scintillating adolescent in Ekstase; the cunning wife who wrenched herself free from a dead marriage to a Nazi munitions mogul, the beautiful refugee who fled the Nazis to become a Hollywood movie siren, the Mark Zuckerburg-esque twenty-something brash enough to believe her inventions would upend the world. Perhaps the most important thing Hedy Lamarr reinvented was herself.

For all the girls, women, and anyone ever told they cannot do math, understand science, or change the universe, Hedy Lamarr will inspire you to continue your pursuit to reinvent your world.


Rosa Parks | portrayed by Becky Stone

Saturday September 12 — Warren Wilson College Pavilion | MAP
Music: TBA
Registration Details: TBA

Sometimes when the status quo needs to be shaken up, it is necessary to take a stand. Other times, one must courageously take a seat. Rosa Parks is best known for being arrested for sitting in the wrong bus seat. But Parks was not an apolitical, middle-aged lady whose fatigue kept her seated. Hers was an act that radically changed America itself.

Founded on the opinion that human beings can be owned by others, America placed its democracy in the hands of free white landed males. It took a bloody Civil War before America abolished slavery. Soon after, Jim Crow laws, lynching and voter suppression changed it back into a nation where rights were brutally divided along color lines.

By the 1950’s a different America was emerging. Brown vs Board of Education ruled racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional. And a woman named Rosa Parks and a whole new concept of Civil Rights was about to reinvent American democracy.


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