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September 21, 2007

For 15 years, Kaiulani Lee has been touring around the country with the play she wrote and performs called A SENSE OF WONDER, a one-woman show in which Ms. Lee embodies biologist Rachel Carson circa 1963, just as her book 'Silent Spring' begins to get significant public attention.

"She [Carson] comes in and takes over," Lee explains to Bill Moyers. "I'm terrified every night, every day that I perform this show, that I won't be able to make that transformation."

The play, which is made up of mostly Carson's own words from letters, journal entries, speeches, not only focuses on 'Silent Spring' but on aspects of her private life not often examined. Ms. Lee explains, "She [Carson] was very poor...She had nothing. And she changed the course of history."

>Web Exclusive Video: Ms. Lee explains what drew her to Rachel Carson

Ms. Lee has worked in theater, film and television for more than 35 years, starring in over a dozen plays on and off-Broadway. She has been nominated for the Drama Desk Award on Broadway and has won the OBIE Award for outstanding achievement off-Broadway.

Her television work includes guest performances on Law & Order, The Equalizer, Tales from the Dark Side, and The Waltons. She also starred as Martha Ballard in the PBS film A Midwife's Tale.

Ms. Lee has received an honorary doctorate from Bowdoin College for her contribution to and excellence in the performing arts.

Guest photo by Robin Holland

Published on September 21, 2007

References and Reading:
Kaiulani Lee's Web site
Find out more about the writer/performer, her production A SENSE of WONDER, and read a touring schedule for the show.

Midcoast actress brings Rachel Carson's life to stage
PORTLAND PRESS HERALD, September 15, 2007

Listen to Lee on NPR's Living on Earth, April 22, 2005
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