MIDDLEBORO — Revolutionary War soldier Deborah Sampson returns home to Middleboro on Saturday, October 1 at 5:00 p.m. in the play “A Revolution of Her Own.”

Deborah Sampson Gannett (December 17, 1760 – April 29, 1827), better known as Deborah Sampson or Deborah Samson, was a local woman who disguised herself as a man in order to serve in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. She is one of a small number of women with a documented record of military combat experience in that war. She served 17 months in the army under the name "Robert Shurtleff."

Deborah Sampson was born on December 17, 1760, in Plympton into a family that was not well off. Deborah's mother was the great-granddaughter of William Bradford, Governor of Plymouth Colony. When Deborah's father abandoned the family, her mother was unable to provide for her children. She placed them in the households of friends and relatives. This was a common practice in 18th-century New England. Eventually, Deborah was sent to live with Jeremiah Thomas in Middleboro. Judith Kalaora is bringing Deborah back home.

Judith Kalaora, founder and artistic director of History At Play, has garnered nationwide attention for her one-woman, living history performances, chronicling the lives of legendary women who changed society. Her breakout performance in “A Revolution of Her Own” has received accolades from journalists, actors, and historians alike and has earned national recognition, as the performance was an Official Selection of the 2015 United Solo Theatre Festival, performing on 42nd Street, New York City. Now Deborah Sampson returns home to tell her incredible story at the Alley Theatre on Saturday, October 1, at 5:00p.m.

Featured in many news media outlets, including WCVB Boston, CBS WBZ The Jordan Rich Show, The Associated Press, and The Washington Times, Kalaora expressed the delight and difficulty in portraying America’s first professional female soldier, Deborah Sampson.  Mr. Rich states, “She’s a one woman force of nature and inhabits these women… it takes people like Judith to bring these stories to life…these lost pieces of history. ” The Associated Press described Kalaora as a woman “drawn to characters who seem conflicted about society’s gender roles…Kalaora not only portrays these women on stage, she emulates them in life, starting her own company to portray and educate about ‘influential, but oft forgotten women.’”

Kalaora established History At Play in 2010 to create enriching historical entertainment. She is a resident of Massachusetts and a graduate of Syracuse University and Shakespeare’s Globe Education Program in London, England. She has performed on stages from London to Montreal and across the United States. www.HistoryAtPlay.com.

Tickets to A Revolution of Her Own are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children under 18. For tickets please call 508-946-1071. The Alley Theatre is located at 133 Center Street in Middleboro. Parking is located in the town hall parking lot. The October 1 production begins at 5:00 p.m. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.