Peaches and Bird: The Staged Reading

Ulysses Philomathic Library (Trumansburg) on Sunday May 6 at 3 PM
74 E. Main Street in Trumansburg

About the performance

Peaches and Bird, an original play by Ithaca writer and historian Carol Kammen, featuring Camilla Schade and Yvonne Fisher, will have a staged reading at the Ulysses Philomathic Library (Trumansburg) on Sunday May 6 at 3 PM. Directed by Sue C. Perlgut, this moving piece is about women’s friendship and its loss, end-of-life care, and laughter and joy. There will be talk back after the performances with staff from Hospicare, actors, playwright and director. This performance is free and open to the public. The Library is located at 74 E. Main Street in Trumansburg. For more information about this performance you call the Library at 607-387-5623. This production is produced by CloseToHome Productions and is supported in part with a grant from the Legacy Foundation and with the help of Hospicare.

The play:

“This dramatic piece speaks to issues concerning women's lives and death, especially those of older women,” explains Perlgut. “Set against the history of women, the audience will think about their own and others' lives and the dual issues of women's friendships and death.” The play is set up as an academic lecture about Fanny Palmer the illustrator, who worked anonymously for Currier and Ives. As the Lecturer presents her material about Fanny and about the condition of woman in the nineteenth century, she remembers her own friendship with her best friend Bird.

The cast, director and playwright


Camilla Schade, actress, playwright, educator, most recently appeared on the Wells College Stage in Our Beds Are Crowded. She opened the Kitchen Theatre season as Marty in Circle Mirror Transformation and last fall played the french maid in Private Lives She can be found throughout the southern Finger Lakes as a freelance teaching artist for the Hangar Theatre, 171 Cedar Arts, Corning Childrens Center, Family Service Society and numerous other arts centers, schools and programs.


Yvonne Fisher is a Psychotherapist, actor, and writer. Over the years she’s acted locally with 3rd Floor Productions, Theatre Incognito, Wolf’s Mouth Collective, and other groups. In New York City she was a member of Serafina Theater Collective for years and has studied acting with Anne Bogart, Gene Frankel, HB Studios, and others.


Carol Kammen is a local historian and has written not only about her community and region (six books), but also about the philosophy of doing local history (two books). She has written eight history plays, each dealing with an episode from the local past. These plays have all been performed for the public in Tompkins County venues such as the AME Zion Church and the Trumansburg Conservatory, and several have also been presented in other upstate New York locales


Sue Perlgut Click here for Sue’s bio.


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About Hospicare:

Hospicare and Palliative Care Services of Tompkins County provides medical expertise, along with emotional, social, spiritual and practical support to people with life-threatening illnesses and their families. They also provide bereavement services to both hospice family members and others throughout Tompkins County. Hospicare provides care in people’s homes, area nursing homes, and in a six-bed residence on East King Road in the Town of Ithaca.  For more information, contact Hospicare and Palliative Care Services of Tompkins County at 607-272-0212, or visit

About the Ulysses Philomathic Library:

The Ulysses Philomathic Library serves the informational and recreational needs of the Trumansburg community. The library features an ongoing speaker series, over 20,000 books, videos, DVDs, games, e-books and thriving programs for all ages. The library is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. and Saturday 10a.m.- 2 p.m. For more information about the library go to