Aunt Susan & Her Tennessee Waltz
at Theater For The New City, 155 First Avenue @10th Street
April 28 to May 15, 2022
Tickets are $18 general admission, or $15 seniors, students & groups of 10 or more. Tickets at www.TheaterForTheNewCity.net or call (212) 254-1109 for reservations
Susan B. Anthony had spent a lifetime fighting for women’s suffrage. Dying in 1906, she could not see the struggle to its end, but she never doubted its outcome. “Failure is impossible” were her famous words. The play’s first act is dedicated to her campaigns for women’s suffrage in the 19th century. Act Two fast-forwards to a hot sweltering summer in Nashville in 1920. The state legislature is being called into special session. Its vote is crucial. If Tennessee, the 36th state, ratifies the 19th Amendment, it will become law of the land. After 72 years, women will at last have the right to vote. If Tennessee fails, the Amendment will sink into obscurity.
Carrie Chapman Catt, Susan B. Anthony’s chosen successor, faces a powerful opposition. The railroad lobby, the liquor lobby, Southern belles and corporate moguls have all come together to use bribery, threats, slander, double dealing, and anything else they can think of against her. Exhausted by the heat, beset by migraines, betrayals, doubts and bad news, Ms. Catt is fighting the battle of her life. But she is not alone. Juno Frankie Pearce, a long-time Tennessee warrior for women’s rights and African-American rights, is on her side. And unexpectedly, out of obscurity, comes a young inexperienced politician to be their ally. It all comes down to one vote. This is their story.
The cast will feature Sam Arthur, Brittyn Dion Bonham, Hadley Boyd (as Carrie Chapman Catt), John Cencio Burgos, Amy Losi, Debra Khan-Bey, Daniel Wilkes Kelley, Kathleen Moore (as Susan B. Anthony), Walter Petryk, Leslie Renee, Julia Saunders and Mary Sheridan.
The actors are Sam Arthur, Brittyn Dion Bonham, Hadley Boyd (as Carrie Chapman Catt), John Cencio Burgos, Amy Losi, Debra Khan-Bey, Daniel Wilkes Kelley, Kathleen Moore (as Susan B. Anthony), Walter Petryk, Leslie Renee, Julia Saunders and Mary Sheridan. Set design is by Mark Marcante. Costume designer is Billy Little. Lighting design is by Bruce A! Kraemer. Sound design is by Joy Linscheid. Props master is Lytza Colon. Composer is Peter Dizzoza. Production stage manager is Leila Wright.
We are in pre-production on Bird Dance, a short film written and to be directed by Joan Kane about one night’s happenings during the depths of the COVID 19 quarantine when a mockingbird sang it’s way into our hearts.
Joan Kane is signed up to work on several projects for other companies in 2021 and 2022. Watch the this space and Ego Actus posts on Faceboook, Twiitter and Instagram for more details as they evolve.