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Meet Emmy Award-Winning Journalist, Mary Calvi

February 15, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Studded with the real love letters between a young Theodore Roosevelt and Boston beauty Alice Lee—many of them never before published—If a Poem Could Live and Breathe makes vivid what many historians believe to be the pivotal years that made the future president into the man of action that defined his political life, and cemented his legacy.

Cambridge, 1878. The era of the Gilded Age. Alice Lee sets out to break from the norms of her mother’s generation. Women are fighting for educational opportunities and exploring a new sense of intellectual and personal freedom. Native New Yorker, Harvard student Teddy Roosevelt, is on his own journey of discovery, and when they meet, unrelenting currents of love change the trajectory of his life forever.

If a Poem Could Live and Breathe is an indelible portrait of the authenticity of first love, the heartache of loss, and how overcoming the worst of life’s obstacles can push one to greatness never imagined.


MARY CALVI is a 12-time New York Emmy award-winning journalist and national anchor. Her in-depth research for her debut book, DEAR GEORGE, DEAR MARY: A Novel of George Washington’s First Love, is the basis of a Smithsonian Channel documentary.

The ticket price includes a copy of If a Poem Could Live and Breathe. Tickets may be purchased here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/11133077 or call the Madison Theatre box office: (516)323-4444. open Monday – Saturday, 1pm – 5pm.


February 15, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Madison Theatre
1000 Hempstead Ave.
Rockville Centre, NY 11570 United States
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