Past Meetup

April History Happy Hour: Becoming Abe and Dolley

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Mara Bayewitz and Bill Spitz, Sandy Spring Theatre Group

$15.00 in advance online ( (order advance tickets at this link

$20.00 at the door non-members, $15.00 museum members

Beer, Wine, Cocktails


Did you ever wonder how much work goes into portraying historical characters in film and onstage? Join award-winning actors, Mara Bayewitz and Bill Spitz for the April History Happy Hour as they talk about the many steps that go into creating a historical character. From costumes to hair, from accents to relationships, Mara and Bill have been through it all!

In addition, Bill will entertain you with a few of his favorite moments as Abraham Lincoln from his one-man show, “Honest Abe: The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln, and Mara will give you a sneak peek of her world premiere one-woman show, “Dolley Madison: Presidentress,” opening right here at the Sandy Spring Museum on Friday, April 25 (!

Mara Bayewitz has been acting in community theater since 2010 as Frumeh Leah in Sandy Spring Theatre Group’s original sold-out musical, “Called Up to Life.” Her most recent roles were as Clara in “I’m Not Rappaport,” Gert in “Lost in Yonkers,” and as Arlin in “Commencing,” for which she won an award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting at the Maryland State One Act Festival. She also founded the improv group “Take Two,” currently seen on local television and soon on stage. Mara has always relished the challenge of a one-woman show and is grateful for the opportunity to take on Dolley Madison at the Sandy Spring Museum on April 25-27, 2014. Mara currently serves as the Vice President of Sandy Spring Theatre Group.

Bill Spitz has been acting in community theater for the past 30 years. In that time he has been in over 50 different productions performing in such roles as , Lazar Wolf in Fiddler on the Roof, Willie Clark in The Sunshine Boys, The Stage Manager in Our Town, Barrachio in Much Ado About Nothing, Dr. Carrasco in Man of La Mancha and Nay Moyer in I’m Not Rappaport. Bill has been to the Maryland State One Act Tournament at least six times in his career, and won a Certificate of Excellence in Acting last year, for his work in the original One Act entitled Saves the Day, which won the Maryland Tournament last year. Bill was last seen in performance at the Sandy Spring Museum in a one man show, entitled “Honest Abe: The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln, which he created and in which he portrayed Abraham Lincoln. Bill has also portrayed Santa Claus in a number of venues throughout the years.

At the present time Bill is serving his fourth term as President of the Sandy Spring Theatre Group.

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