Written by Susan Sobeloff
Directed by Jan Zvaifler
Musical direction by Milissa Carey
Produced in: 2017
Susan Sobeloff in conversation with Patricia Milton
written in collaboration with Milissa Carey, Gary Graves, Gwen Loeb, Leontyne Mbele-Mbong, Regina Morones, Vanessa Ramos, Radhika Rao, Renée Rogoff, Gregory Scharpen and Jan Zvaifler.
“Shout the revolution of women!”
1917: A diverse group of Suffragists is fighting to gain the vote for women as the US enters World War I. Torn between loyalty to their political cause and loyalty to the war effort, these women each struggle to make difficult choices in a time of tremendous social upheaval. The personal pits each against the political in Strange Ladies – told with music from the period.
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the imprisonment of the “Silent Sentinels” in Occoquan Workhouse Prison. These women were arrested and sent to jail for picketing the White House and demanding the vote. Their brutal treatment and subsequent hunger strike forced the issue of Woman Suffrage into the national consciousness. It would be another three years before the 19th amendment was ratified, granting women the right to vote.
Production Sponsors: Kathleen Kahn and Erica Nietfeld
Dramaturgy: Gary Graves
Stage Management: Vanessa Ramos
Costume design: Tammy Berlin
Lighting design: Gary Graves
Prop design: Debbie Shelley
Sound Design: Gregory Scharpen
“The play resonates all too well our current political situation.” -Jaime Robles, Repeat Performances
“Thanks to Central Works, the New Play Theater, for this inspiration.” -Miraim Araya, Theatrius
“The portrayals of the resolute suffragists are sterling on all counts [in] Susan Sobeloff’s captivating world premiere drama.” -Victor Cordell, For All Events
For further information abouth the History of the Woman Suffragette movement:
Strange Ladies: Strange Ladies, Resources and Reading List from the playwright, Susan Soboloff
From Equal Suffrage to Equal Rights: Alice Paul and the National Woman’s Party,1910-1928, Chapter 8, Politics, Prison, and Resolution, by Christine Lunardini
Images of suffragettes of 1917:
Read here for more history of the the Suffragettes
The 1913 Suffragette’s March on Washington, DC.