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New Hampshire Theatre Project is delighted to be partnering with Strawbery Banke Museum to present a virtual program based on the play Well-Behaved Women by Jess Marbacher about the women’s rights movement in the United States. The event is free to attend but reservations are required through Strawbery Banke Museum's website.
From the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, and the launch of the women’s right’s movement, women worked tirelessly for their right to vote. After 72 long years the 19th Amendment was passed, and women were legally allowed to cast their ballots for the first time in the 1920 election. This movement spans decades and involves many women. Playwright Jes Marbacher deftly crafts a work in two Acts, the first focusing on Susan B. Anthony’s attempt to vote and subsequent arrest in 1872, and the second on Alice Paul and the suffragettes of the 1910’s.
This play was first produced by New Hampshire Theatre Project’s Junior Repertory Company in April 2016. This reading will feature Resident and Company Artists, including Genevieve Aichele, Colleen A. Madden and Bill Humphreys, as it approaches this epic piece head on, playing multiple characters of all ages. “This is a challenging work,” says director Catherine Stewart. “It is packed with historical information, and touches on the lives of so many women who dedicated their life to equality. Staging this work for the virtual world is exciting, and it's wonderful to have so many of our artists involved."’
Well-Behaved Women playwright Jes Marbacher, a NHTP Youth Repertory alumni, received her degree in Creative Writing from Colgate University. The play is licensed through Leicester Bay Theatricals.
Strawbery Banke Museum is hosting a virtual workshop on Tuesday, October 27th in celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, further details can be found here.