Legends of Conservation presents…
A Sense of Wonder
A play based on the life and works of Rachel Carson
Written and performed by Kaiulani Lee
Kaiulani Lee will be performing at the Etta and Joseph Miller Performing Arts Center in Jefferson City on March 30, 2019
Rachel Carson has been called the "Patron Saint of the Environmental Movement." She was a marine biologist and zoologist best known for her book Silent Spring that alerted the world to the dangers of chemical pesticides and launched our modern environmental movement.
Less known is that Miss Carson was one of America's great poets of natural world. In her earlier works she brought alive the beauty and mystery of the seas and its creatures to millions of readers.
In their purest form the poet and the scientist are one and the same. They are the seekers after truth. Through the power of her knowledge and the beauty of her language, Rachel Carson became one of the great champions of the living world.
Carson died of breast cancer on April 14, 1964, in Silver Spring, Maryland. Sadly, she wasn't able to see the environmental revolution created by "Silent Spring," such as the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970 or the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Maine in 1966.
Kaiulani Lee has more than thirty-five years of experience in theater, film and television. Ms. Lee has starred 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 Off-Broadway Achievement.”
Ms. Lee has guest starred in numerous television series from “The Walton's” to “Law and Order.” Her film work began with “The World According to Garp” and has continued through “A Civil Action” and “A Bird of the Air.” She portrayed Martha Ballard in the critically acclaimed PBS film "A Midwife’s Tale."
For the past 24 years Kaiulani has been performing her one-woman play, A Sense of Wonder, based on the life and works of Rachel Carson. The play has been the centerpiece of conferences on conservation, education, journalism, and the environment. She has performed it at over one hundred universities, the Smithsonian Institute, the Albert Schweitzer Conference at the United Nations, at the Department of Interior’s 150th anniversary, and in 2007 performed on Capitol Hill, bringing Miss Carson’s voice once again to the halls of Congress. A Sense of Wonder has played in every Provence of Canada, in England, Italy, India, Japan, and Bangladesh.
In 2007, Bill Moyer's celebrated Ms. Lee's work with an hour-long interview on Bill Moyer's Journal." A Sense of Wonder" was later filmed by award winning cinematographer, Haskel Wexler, featured at film festivals across the U.S. Canada and Japan and continues to air on PBS.
The play is the story of a woman's love for the natural world and her fight to defend it. It is the story of the extremely private Rachel Carson thrust into the role of controversial public figure.
Takes place in Miss Carson's summer home as she is preparing to leave. Fighting cancer, she fears this may well be her last visit to her beloved Maine coast.
Begins two months later in the wake of the furor over her book Silent Spring. Carson is simultaneously battling the chemical industry, the government, and the press to get her message to Congress and the American people.
A Sense of Wonder has been created with the help and guidance of many of Miss Carson's friends and colleagues and with permission from the Rachel Carson Estate.