READY TO SERVE
is created from letters the nurses sent home from France. They speak of wounded doughboys who needed the skilled care a trained nurse could administer. One nurse wrote home saying, "I may forget the names, but I will remember the faces of those brave lads forever."
In 1917 Johns Hopkins Base Hospital 18 accompanied the first American Army troops to France. The 64 nurses included in the staff were all graduates of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD.
In their northern location the Johns Hopkins Base Hospital 18 faced punishing cold weather which froze medicines, and stressed patients and staff. Caring for increasing battle casualties stretched the nurses' endurance but they never stopped. Through their letters we have a close-up of a battlefield hospital.
"The story is fascinating and worthwhile, a little slice of history that hasn’t received the attention it deserves. Schoetter embodies her character completely, and before long it’s easy to forget that she’s playing a character at all." Dcist
Maryland spoken word artist Ellouise Schoettler is known for seeking stories of unknown women - then bringing them to life with "heart and humor."
Ready to Serve is her second one-woman show which focuses on women's little known WWI history. "This story will be 100 years old in 2017 so I wanted to give these women a voice during the time of the World War One Centennial."
Schoettler performs nationwide for adult and family audiences . This is her seventh one-woman show at the Capital Fringe.
CONTACT Ellouise Schoettler EllouiseSchoettler@gmail.com
September 23 Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
"Your performance brought to life the experience of World War I nurses and revealed its impact on their lives and the nation. The storytelling format is an engaging venue for historical research."
Phoebe Letocha, Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD.
November 9 7 PM
Washington County Library
" Thank you for sharing your WWI nurses story Ready to Serve with us last evening. The silence in the room as you talked demonstrates how involved the audience was with your story. What a wonderful experience for those attending."
Pat Wischard, Pr/Marketing/Adult Programs Librarian
November 13 2 PM
Lexington Park Branch
St. Mary's County Library
Lexington Park, MD
"It was breathtaking.... so glad to hear these stories that were up until now untold!"
Amy Ford, Branch Manager
March 12 Ready to Serve
Harford County Public Library
Thanks again for a beautifully told story of the skill, strength, and courage of our fore-sisters who were an integral part of the U.S. military presence during WWI. What a perfect performance for Women's History Month! Margaret Polischek , Librarian
March 25 Ready to Serve
A WWI Centennial Story
Grace Church, Georgetown, DC
"you have a wonderful way of bringing the audience into the world of your story." C. Aselford, Producer
"Schoettler goes way beyond remembering this brave
group of 64 women - she brings their stories to life and honors their forgotten legacy." DC Theatre Scene.
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Booking shows now:
Current Ready to Serve Calendar
March 27 Ready to Serve
Oconee County Library
1080 Experiment Sta. Road
"I had heard so much about Ellouise's great storytelling and she didn't disappoint." Oconee Cty. Library, GA
April 24 Ready to Serve
Stories in the Round
" An epic story - excellently researched, exquisitely crafted and produced - about 64 dedicated, generous, courageous women and their iconic WW I service."
Producer, Stories in the Round
May 19 Ready to Serve -
BPW Annual Meeting
"Thank you for your wonderful performance at our
Annual Conference May 19, 2017." BPW/MD President
May 20 Ready to Serve
Celebrating America Week-end
“Ready to Serve” is a grand story and you tell it so well! On behalf of nurses everywhere, thank you!" Elizabeth Fuss
May 27 Ready to Serve
Stars and Stripes Festival
Chesapeake Beach, MD
June 9 Ready to Serve
Our Town Theater
Oakland, MD 21550
From an audience member: "You became her."
Ellouise treated us to an outstanding performance! Thank you! Bonnie Winters. Librarian
June 14 Ready to Serve
Chevy Chase Library
Chevy Chase, MD
You really gave a voice to the Hopkins women. It was a very surreal experience being transported to a different place in time thanks to your beautiful storytelling. Library Manager
June 17 Ready to Serve
Western Front Assoc.-
East Coast Branch
WWI War Memorial Buildin
July Capitol Fringe
Ready to Serve
Gallaudet Univ. -
Eastman Studio Theater
July 29 Ready to Serve
July 29 2 PM
PD Brown Public Library
50 Village Street
Waldorf, MD 20602
Sept. 23 Ready to Serve
Baltimore Cty Library
October 20 Hello Girls
Private - Prince Geo. County MD
October 21 READY TO SERVE
October 25 READY TO SERVE
Howard County MD
2018 READY TO SERVE
Queen Anne's County