MO Love: Letters from the Archive Performances at Center for Missouri Studies

The public is invited to a night of theater and history at the Center for Missouri Studies Nov. 17 and 18, 7:30 p.m. The GreenHouse Theatre Project will perform MO Love: Letters from the Archive, in collaboration with the State Historical Society of Missouri.

The true story of writer and Missouri native Olive Gilbreath McLorn will be performed by actors Ian Sobule and Elizabeth Braaten Palmieri. McLorn was born in 1883 in La Plata and attended Wellesley College in Massachusetts and the University of Michigan. After graduating with a master’s degree in 1908, McLorn Traveled to China and Russia regularly, and her adventures were published in Harper’s Magazine and Yale Review, among others.

This original theatrical production explores McLorn’s love letters to a British businessman living in Russia. The 100-year-old letters are part of the Olive Gilbreath McLorn Papers held at the State Historical Society of Missouri. McLorn donated her letters in 1975. She died in 1981.

This special performance will be held at the State Historical Society of Missouri Center for Missouri Studies, 605 Elm St., Columbia. It features a multi-media show with live music by Gabe Meyer and projection art by Chelsea Myers. Advanced tickets are required and available for purchase on the GreenHouse Theatre Project website: