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The radio play Courting Bertha: The Story of Bertha and Potter Palmer, set to debut on Friday, September 20 at 7 p.m. at Lakes Area Theatre in Alexandria, tells the love story of Bertha Honoré and Potter Palmer, set against The Great Chicago Fire. (Contributed)
The radio play Courting Bertha: The Story of Bertha and Potter Palmer, set to debut on Friday, September 20 at 7 p.m. at Lakes Area Theatre in Alexandria, tells the love story of Bertha Honoré and Potter Palmer, set against The Great Chicago Fire. (Contributed)

Radio play debut tells love story set against The Great Chicago Fire

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Courting Bertha: The Story of Bertha and Potter Palmer, a "Titanic-esque" love story set against The Great Chicago Fire, will make its debut in Alexandria on Friday, September 20 at 7 p.m. at Lakes Area Theatre (LAT).

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The radio play tells the story of young socialite Bertha Honoré and Potter Palmer, a self-made man 20 years her senior, and how their passion inspired the rebirth of Chicago after The Great Fire left it in ruins.

"This is a timeless story, about love, loss and the American Dream," said playwright Amelia Estelle Dellos. "Its themes of resilience, resolve and the triumph of the human spirit are remarkably relevant to the times we're living in. And, of course, it's also the perfect story for all those Downton Abbey or Mr. Selfridge fans."

The play is based on the documentary Love Under Fire: The Story of Bertha and Potter Palmer, which aired on local PBS station WTTW Channel 11 Chicago to more than 75,000 viewers.

"I was led to the documentary on Bertha and Potter Palmer from an Internet site covering Chicago happenings," said LAT artistic director Ann Hermes. "From Potter Palmer's entrepreneurial skills and successes to the courtship of Bertha, it is a riveting story. But then the fire occurred shortly after their marriage and destroyed the Palmer empire. You'll have to either see the documentary or come to LAT to get the story's answer to 'what now?'"

After the performance, there will be a question and answer session with the playwright.

Tickets are $5. To reserve seats, contact the box office at (320) 808-3841. The theater is located at 2214 Geneva Road Northeast, Alexandria.

Courting Bertha will be the 130th show produced by LAT. The theater has been producing a weekly show since October 2010.

For more information, visit www.lakesareatheatre.com.

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