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Updated: 03/12/2014 08:00:01AM

Women’s History Month: Polk State presents Libby Skala

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Libby Skala as a child with grandmother Lilia Skala.

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Polk State presents two internationally acclaimed plays by Libby Skala for Women’s History Month: “Lilia!,” about the extraordinary life of her Academy Award-nominated grandmother, actress Lilia Skala and “A Time to Dance” about her award-winning great aunt, a pioneering dancer. The persentations are admission-free at the Lake Wales Arts Center, 1099 State Road 60, Lake Wales, with limited seating.

In “Lilia!,” Libby Skala plays both herself and her indomitable grandmother Lilia Skala in the inspiring tale about the journey of a remarkable woman and the connection between two kindred spirits. Transforming from one character to another, Libby Skala tells the true story of the Viennese-born actress who became the first female architect in Austria, a stage star in Max Reinhart’s theater, and finally a Hitler refugee who worked her way out of a New York zipper factory to a career on Broadway, television and film.

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