Compiled by The Capistrano Dispatch
The Historical Society is hosting a special performance event that explores what life was like in late 19th century San Juan Capistrano through the eyes of two of the area’s most colorful historic residents, Judge Richard Egan and Madame Helena Modjeska.
The event, called “An Evening of Conversation with Judge Richard Egan and Madame Helena Modjeska,” will take place at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center, 25925 Camino del Avion, on Wednesday, October 16, at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
The Historical Society’s Michelle Kelly will moderate a “historical interview” with Judge Egan and Modjeska, who will be portrayed by San Juan Capistrano resident Judge Warren Siegel and Camino Real Playhouse actress Jessica Morrow, respectively.
Judge Egan, who lived from 1842 to 1923, was a resident of San Juan Capistrano for more than 50 years. He served as alcalde, or chief dignitary of the area, and was also a school board member, surveyor, county supervisor and Mission preservationist. His red brick house, known as the Harmony Hall, served as the center of the town’s social life and currently sits across the street from El Adobe de Capistrano.
Modjeska was considered one of the greatest Shakespearean actresses of her time. She and her husband built a home in Santiago Canyon called Arden, named after the forest in Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” Modjeska and her husband were also close friends with Egan.
For more information, visit www.sjchistoricalsociety.com or cal 949.493.8444.