In honor of last week’s Women’s March, DC Theater Arts sat in on a workshop performance of 19, a musical in development highlighting the fight to pass the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.
Co-Writers Jennifer Schwed and Doug Bradshaw were inspired to write 19: The Musical during the 2016 election with the goal of reminding audiences how much work it took to get women the rights we have today. The musical focuses on the actions of Suffragists Alice Paul, Ida B. Wells, Lucy Burns and Carrie Chapman Catt – women who rarely appear in history books despite their profound impact on United States history.
19: The Musical is being workshopped around the region with the goal of a fully-staged production to coincide with the 2020 centennial of the passing of the 19th Amendment.
All photos by Anu Dev.
Narrator: Elizabeth Keith
Alice Paul: Katie Ganem
Carrie Chapman Catt: Meredith Eib (January 11)/Maria Ciarrocchi (January 12)
Ida B. Wells: Millicent Scarlett
Lucy Burns: Meredith Eib
Sue B: Debora Crabbe
Christabel Pankhurst: Elizabeth Keith
Emmeline Pankhurst: Millicent Scarlett
President Woodrow Wilson: Brian Lyons-Burke
Harry Burn: Michael Keith
Chorus & Dancers: Karen Bralove, Kristen Briscoe, Bethel Elias, Cincin Fang, Haylee Green, Danielle Marquis
Jennifer Schwed: Writer/Lyricist/Director/Producer
Doug Bradshaw: Writer/Lyricist/Director/Producer
Charlie Barnett: Composer/MusicalDirector/Arranger/ Piano/Producer
Vocal Captain: Millicent Scarlett
Choreography: Danielle Marquis, Angela Norris
Dance Captain: Kristen Briscoe