Monday, March 4, 2024

Susan Butruille Featured in French Film Aired by Icicle Center for the Arts

Submitted by Icicle Center for the Arts

Leavenworth - In celebration of Women’s History Month, Leavenworth’s Icicle Center for the Arts will air a French documentary, Marie Pantalon, itinéraire d’une pionnière, on March 10 at 7 p.m. The film features Leavenworth writer and musician Susan Butruille as a commentator. The filmmaker, François Gaillard, will introduce his film, which tells the story of Marie Suize Pantalon, a character from Butruille’s third book, Women’s Voices from the Mother Lode: Tales from the California Gold Rush. Gaillard interviewed Butruille in Lyon, France for his film about Marie Pantalon, the intrepid French-speaking pants-wearing gold miner and winemaker who was arrested more than once for the crime of cross-dressing. A question and answer session with Susan Butruille will follow the 30-minute film, subtitled in English where needed. For details and tickets to the virtual program, go to
Butruille’s book, the third in her Women’s Voices series, was published in 1998, the 150th anniversary year of the California Gold Rush. The following year, the author performed her solo play, “Marie Pantalon: the Lady Wore Pants!,” in Marie’s home town of Thônes, in the French Alps.
Susan Butruille’s extensive writing includes Recipe for Justice, a musical suffrage readers theatre; Bound for Oregon, a film featured at the End of the Oregon Trail in Oregon City; and her thesis, Tracing the Dark Madonna from Ephesus to Provence to Chartres. A former speaker for Washington and Oregon speakers series, the author has taken her women’s history presentations from western states to Washington, D.C. as well as France. Butruille co-founded Dangerous Women, Leavenworth’s women’s history performing arts troupe, and has served on the ICCA Board of Directors. She currently is the pianist for Cascade School District and Faith Lutheran Church and plans to sing and play the piano with Leavenworth Village Voices when the choir reconvenes.
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts Icicle Creek Center for the Arts was founded in 1995 by Harriet Bullitt and the late Wilfred Woods. Located on a 14-acre campus three miles outside of the City of Leavenworth, they provide arts education to more than 6,000 students around NCW each year and offer a full performance season that draws more than 10,000 audience members annually and relies on support through ticket sales, education programs, individual donations, grants, and sponsorship. 


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