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One-Woman Show Highlights "Bad Girls" in History

Written by Allison Kelly


Willimantic, Conn. -Dorothy Leeds, motivational speaker and former Broadway actor, will perform her one-woman show, "Good Lessons from Bad Women in History," at 7 p.m. on March 5 in the Student Center Theatre.  Leeds' show revisits history to learn surprising lessons from supposed "wicked women" in history.

Leeds' show consists of four vignettes featuring monologues from four traditionally "bad girls" in history. For her first vignette Leeds performs as a struggling stand-up comic from Brooklyn who portrays Eve, the original, biblical, "bad-girl" temptress. Three other women performed by Leeds-Machine Gun Kathryn Kelly, Emperor Wu Chao, and Elizabeth Freeman-are historically accurate portrayals of the women.

Leeds combines eight years as a Broadway actor and 22 years of business professional experience with her unique talents as a motivational speaker to integrate theatrical/creative learning techniques that accelerate learning and retention. She has also spoken at numerous corporations such as IBM, Pfizer, Boeing, and Merrill Lynch. As a media personality, Leeds has appeared on "The Today Show," "Good Morning America," and "Smart Money." She is also a film critic for MSNBC and has had articles published in The New York Times, The Daily News, and Forbes.


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