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Actress says portraying real people brings history to life

Rita Russell plays Abigail Adams and Bill Hickman is John Adams in a scene from Martin Kelly’s play “A Marriage of True Minds.” (photo: Ric Chesser)
Rita Russell plays Abigail Adams and Bill Hickman is John Adams in a scene from Martin Kelly’s play “A Marriage of True Minds.” (photo: Ric Chesser)
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Reading a textbook on U.S. history is one way to learn, but watching actors addressing that same subject matter in a live stage performance can be just as informative and usually much more enjoyable. “I think my first goal is to be entertaining, but being educational is a very close second,” said Claire Nolan, who plays labor and community organizer Mother Jones in the Great Minds Series of the Schenectady Theater for Children. “To me ...


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