When Whaling was a Place for Women

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Martha Pichey at work. Laurie Lambrecht photo

Martha Pichey has wanted to tell the lively tales of women at sea ever since her first visits to the New Bedford Whaling Museum as a child.

This weekend, she will.

The playwright will give a multi-media presentation about three brave women who defied convention — Lizzie Edwards, a whaling captain’s wife from Sag Harbor; Emma Armstrong, a young navigator who saved her father’s ship from disaster; and George Leonard, who harbored a secret that took months for fellow whalers to uncover — on Friday, June 15, at the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum.

The evening will begin with actors reading an excerpt from her new play, “Drowning on Dry Land,” set in New Bedford in 1871. Her first play, “Ashes & Ink,” was presented at the John Drew Theater Lab in East Hampton, and will be produced by women’s theater company Nora’s Playhouse in 2019.

The presentation will start at 6 p.m. at the museum, located at 200 Main Street in Sag Harbor. For more information, please call (631) 725-0770 or visit sagharborwhalingmuseum.org.

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