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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 6 - September 24, 2020

Festival Lineup














An Evening of One-Acts, Part 1

Thursday at 8:00 pm

Celebration Bread by Julie Zaffarano

Mrs. Satan & the Nasty Woman by Alice Eve Cohen





An Evening of One-Acts, Part 2

Thursday at 8:00 pm

Lowndes by Megan Schumacher

Walk the Line by Ang Bey




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 purchase a "pay what you choose" ticket or festival pass.

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


Plays & Playwrights


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 & the Nasty Woman examines two women’s roles in the long path to a woman President.

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.


by Ang Bey​

Run. Don't walk. Who decides how we pursue our legacy? Who decides how we fight for liberation? Who draws the line? A hood-angel Zoom-bombs Hudda's final moments. They are both in crisis. They argue over what it means to live and die in a world that'd rather you be erased. Hudda won't live to be erased.


by Nikki Brake-Sillá

In Defense of Ourselves occurs across three crucial time periods for Black America. Mary Church Terrell and Ida B. Wells-Barnett prepare for the Women's Suffrage March of 1913. In 1954, Mary and her grandson protest segregated eating establishments in Washington, DC., one year before Emmet Till's lynching and eleven years before the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The play concludes on November 9, 2016, when a conversation between two women leads to 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.


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



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

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The Philadelphia Women's Festival is inclusive of all woman/femme-identifying and gender fluid, as well as trans/queer artists who may not identify with term "women"

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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.