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2020 Festival

Untold Voices in Voting

The Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Celebrates 100 Years of the 19th Amendment with

the 6th annual festival reading series

Join us on Zoom!

August 7 - September 24, 2020

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An Evening of One-Acts

Thursday at 8:00 pm

Walk the Line by Ang Bey

Lowndes by Megan Schumacher

Mrs. Satan & the Nasty Woman by Alice Eve Cohen

Celebration Bread by Julie Zaffarano

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How to Watch

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The 2020 festival will take place over Zoom- an online video platform. To participate, click the "Get Tickets" button.

 

You will be directed to our ticketing site, where you can choose to pay the $10 typical ticket, a $5 discounted ticket, or if you're feeling generous, a $15 ticket which would cover your ticket and the discount ticket of someone else.

Once you have entered your contact information, a Zoom link will be sent to you via email before each virtual performance takes place.

 

Synopses

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by Teresa Miller​

I Woke Up This Morning With My Mind is about the hours leading up the night Fannie Lou Hamer spent in jail after her bus trip to from Mississippi teaching at a voter registration class.

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by Alice Eve Cohen

Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president, is arrested and jailed right before the election of 1872. On the eve of the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton is having a hard time sleeping. Her mind is racing. Insomnia rules. She wakes up in the Ludlow Street Jail in NYC, sharing a cell with Victoria Woodhull. Almost erased from the history books, Victoria was a clairvoyant, free-thinker, radical activist, stockbroker, and suffrage fighter. Will Hillary be radicalized by Victoria’s foresight and revolutionary politics? Mrs. Satan and the Nasty Woman examines two women’s roles in the long path to a woman President.

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by Julie Zaffarano​

Celebration Bread is the story of a mother (Felicia) and her daughter (Mag) who do not see eye to eye politically. The conflict comes to a head as Mag prepares to leave for college, which is also the one hundredth anniversary of the 19th suffrage amendment. A reminder from their ancestors helps them see the bigger picture.

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by Rachel Atkins

The fight for women’s right to vote is one of the most misrepresented, misunderstood American civil rights movements. The little commonly known about it is skewed toward a few elite white women. This play follows the movement through its untold stories of race relations and conflicts, highlighting contributions from and barriers faced by suffragists of color (present yet invisible in the white mainstream, and simultaneously running their own, separate movement), spanning its official 72 years and beyond.

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by Ang Bey​

“Why is the black womxns platform often a stage without a microphone or audience? Who is she and what can she do?” Sweet Auburn.1938. A bopping night at The Top Hat Club turns to a fever-dream more fierce than an Atlanta afternoon. The lynching of Lacy Mitchell was only a weekend ago. Grieving cousin and nightclub singer, Ida Mitchell, seeks retribution and has a plan. Afraid for their lives, Ida’s lover and confidant-- high-yellow, gender-bending Mae-- will do anything to stop her. Loosely based on the irreplaceable suffragists Angelina Welde Grimke and Ida B. Wells.

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by Nikki Brake-Sillá

In Defense of Ourselves takes place across three crucial time periods for Black America. Mary Church Terrell and Ida B. Wells-Barnett prepare for the suffrage march of 1913. In 1954, Mary and her grandson, Ray protest segregated eating establishments in Washington, DC., ten years before the Voters Right Act of 1964 is passed. The play concludes on November 9, 2016, when a conversation between two women leads to one finding clarity after a recent turn of events.

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by Keenya Jackson​

Minnie and Elizabeth are the final contestants on America’s newest reality TV show America’s Favorite Feminist. The winner will receive her own day time TV show, two hundred and fifty thousand dollars and…. a congressional chair. As they compete in the final challenges (which are related to both the Negro suffrage and the Women’s suffrage movements), it is revealed just how difficult those who came before them had it and how much farther we have to go to true equality in America.

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by Megan Schumacher

In 1965, even after the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, millions of black folks in the South were still unregistered to vote because of racial terrorism. Lowndes County in Alabama was a model for such disenfranchisement. Not one black person had registered to vote in a county where blacks outnumbered whites 4:1. Lowndes imagines two SNCC members canvassing the county to encourage terrified residents to register.

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The Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Celebrates 100 Years of the 19th Amendment with

the 6th annual festival reading series

Join us on Zoom!

August 7 - September 24, 2020

PARTNERS

 

Ripples in the Pond Productions, Parent Artists Advocacy League (PAAL), Beacon Theatre Productions, Arden Theatre Company, Jouska PlayWorks, Tribe 12

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Philadelphia Women's Theatre Company is honored to be a Philadelphia Cultural Fund 2020 Art & Culture Grantee. This grant allows us to further our creative work for the good of our community and for all Philadelphians. We extend our deepest thanks.