Damariscotta’s River Company will present its dramatic reading of “Into the Forest” as a benefit for New Hope for Women Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education, 24 Lincoln St.

In 1939, 15,000 Polish prisoners of war, including thousands of officers of the Polish armed forces, were systematically executed and buried in mass graves in the Katyn Forest by the Russian Army under Stalin. For years, the massacre was attributed to the Nazis and the truth was covered up until Prime Minister Gorbachev admitted Russia’s role publicly in 1990.

Among the Polish officers killed was one woman, Second Lieutenant Janina (Janka) Dowbor-Musnicka, an aviatrix in the Polish army. “Into the Forest” is a fictional correspondence between Janka and a Polish friend, Kasia, residing in Germany during the 16 months prior to the massacre. The play was co-written by Rockland resident and current Poet Laureate Kendall Merriam and former Waldoboro resident Kitty Fassett.

The role of Janka will be played by Ashley St. Pierre, director Andrea Handel will read the part of Kasia and Tom Handel will narrate.

Tickets are $15, $13 for River Company members. For more information or to make reservations, call 563-8116.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.