About the Story

A VOICE FOR THE EVERGLADES is about Marjory Stoneman Douglas, author of the pivotal book, The Everglades: River of Grass, and an environmentalist who continues to inspire.

As the title of the play suggests, Douglas helped spread the message of how special the Everglades is and how vital to all of life in South Florida. Twenty years after the establishment of Everglades National Park – in the same year her book was published – she was asked again to come to the region’s aid to help defeat plans to build a jetport in the fragile area.

Douglas responded by starting the Friends of the Everglades and becoming and an environmental activist – at the age of 80! In 1993, then-President Bill Clinton awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom to mark her efforts. She asked what had taken him so long. Blessed with a wry humor, a sharp wit and an enlightened perspective, Douglas packed a lot of living into her 108 years of life -- and made a tangible difference.

But the environment was just one of many passions in Douglas’ 108-year long life – a reality Birtolo discovered through her research. Drawing upon what she learned, she crafted a play that charts Douglas’ remarkable life and incorporates her wry and singular sense of humor.