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Women’s Voices from Suffragist to Dramatist

Women's voices from Suffragist to Dramatist

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State.  To celebrate the voices of women, and to commemorate those who strove and sacrificed for them to be heard, we have selected a summer season of plays written by women, expressing the diversity and creative power of the female dramatic voice.  BVT will also partner with and perform at exciting commemorative events this summer at the National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House in Rochester and the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls.  We’re also featuring four solo performances by female writer/performers, historical lectures on women and the suffrage movement, and a panel discussion on opportunities for women in the professional theater.

Below is the full list of special events taking place at all three locations throughout the summer of 2017!

June 19 – 2pm, Susan B. Anthony House
Orchestrating Change: Amy Kirby Post and Women’s Rights, 1828-1888
Tea and Lecture by Nancy A. Hewitt, PhD, Emeritus Professor of History and Women’s Studies, Rutgers University


June 20 – 7pm, BVT

Liz Wasser Saturday Morning Special…Fun!!
written and performed by Liz Wasser
Through the music of her favorite thing (cartoons!) Liz channels her inner superhero, unleashes her inner villain, and considers the daunting task of putting aside childish things. $5 admission at the door

July 5 – 7pm, BVT
Lecture: Women Voted in NY Before Columbus
Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner, the founding director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, speaks on women’s rights in the indigenous Haudenosaunee Nation and their influence on the early suffragists. A Public Scholars presentation supported by Humanities NY. Admission is FREE.

July 8, Women’s Rights National Historical Park
Grand re-opening of the Furnished Historical Homes: Elizabeth Cady Stanton House and M’Clintock House.

July 14-16, Women’s Rights National Historical Park
Convention Days
This three day event will be filled with exciting speakers, historical actors, theater performances, children’s activities, multiple art exhibits, vendors, and more! Keynote speakers will be Elizabeth Nyamayaro from UN Women, the head of HeForShe. More info available on the National Park website.

July 17-21
Susan B. Anthony House’s Vote-Tilla
A nautical celebration! A group of canal boats will set out from Seneca Falls and travel to Rochester. Each of the stops along the way will have presentations, re-enactors, and speeches. Departing from Convention Days in Seneca Falls, the journey will have stops in Clyde (7/17), Lyons (7/18), Newark (7/18), Palmyra (7/19), Fairport (7/19), and Pittsford (7/20) before culminating in Corn Hill in Rochester on July 21. For full Vote-Tilla schedule of events visit the Susan B. Anthony House website.


July 19 – 7pm, BVT
Inez: The Suffragette Herald
written and performed by Melissa Jessel
Direct from NYC’s United Solo Fest, Jessel brings to life the passion and sacrifice of Inez Millholland, considered by some “the Joan of Arc” of the women’s suffrage movement. Admission is $5 at the door. This performance will be followed by a panel discussion on opportunities for women and gender parity in professional theater.

July 21-22, Susan B. Anthony House
Suffragist City Celebration
The city of Rochester welcomes the Vote-Tilla’s landing with concerts, fireworks, and a grand celebration!

July 22 – 2pm, Women’s Rights National Historical Park
Inez: The Suffragette Herald
See description above. Admission to events at the Historical Park is FREE.


August 12 – 2pm, Women’s Rights National Historical Park
The Story Box
written and performed by Suzi Takahashi
Award winning actor/director Suzi Takahashi explores the immigrant experience and its reverberations through a family’s history. A Japanese-American woman finds a mysterious box left to her by the previous generations, and through it, a voice for her family’s history of immigration, internment and silence. Admission to events at the Historical Park are FREE.

August 14 – 7pm, BVT
Lecture: The Fight for the Vote, at Home and Beyond
Local Historians Preston Pierce, Sue Winslow and Beth Thomas discuss suffragists who lived and struggled in our own communities (South Bristol, Canandaigua, Victor) and those who carried the torch after Susan B. Anthony’s death. Admission is FREE.

August 15 – 7pm, BVT
The Story Box
written and performed by Suzi Takahashi
See description above. Admission is $5 at the door.

August 26 – 2pm, Women’s Rights National Historical Park
WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY
Excerpts from BVT’s production of Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson.
Performed in the historic Wesleyan Chapel, site of the First Women’s Rights Convention. Admission is FREE.


August 29 – 7pm, BVT
Travelling with a Broken Compass
written and performed by Linda Starkweather
It’s a new world. Everything is changing. The planet is a mess and we all seem to have lost our way. A “How To” for navigating a world that is in chaos, with some creative ideas for helping us find a way out of the madness. Admission is $5 at the door.