Rehearsals start for the Centennial Celebration

Sue, Shirley, and Anne singing

We’ve been invited to participate in the Centennial Celebration of California Women’s Suffragein Sacramento in October. Yesterday was our first rehearsal. The 3 new cast members (Harriet, Kristin, and Deana) got a chance to meet some of the seasoned cast members (Pauli, Anne, Shirley, and Ginni). After discussing logistics and our introductions, we got down to business with a table read. They all wanted to hear each other’s voices. They jumped in with the southern accent of Lilly Ledbetter, the Bronx accent of Bella Abzug, the English accent of Virginia Woolf. It was fun to have the new blood, but it was weird to have lines I’m so used to hearing said by other people now being said by new voices.

For this rehearsal, we sweat blood and tears

And speaking of blood, in the middle of rehearsing the blocking, we suddenly discover my 98-year old mother’s leg is bleeding quite profusely.  But we are on a tight schedule, so we just raise up her let, apply pressure, put an ice pack on it, and continue working. (Later I take her to the ER.)

Kristin saying Hillary's speech for the first time

I’m excited. Everyone loves the show. Pauli is great as Rosa Parks. They are all affected by Kristin’s reading Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Beijing speech. We all burst out into “I Am Woman” at the end, even those who don’t know the song yet.

Pauli reading Rosa Parks lines

About tiberall

Thea Iberall is a multi-talented writer. She studied playwriting at the Moving Arts Theatre and the Academy of New Musical Theatre. Plays include: We Did It For You! Women's Journey Through History, At Seven (Toledo Rep), Primed for Love (Eclectic Company Theatre) and Amacry! The Neuronic Musical (Out Theatre). She has a Master's Degree in Writing (USC). Her novel The Swallow and the Nightingale (Strong Voices) is a fable about a 4,000 year old secret brought through time by the birds. Her collection of contextual poems The Sanctuary of Artemis (Tebot Bach) integrates science and history with the language of poetry. She also has a Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience (UMass) and is the author of 3 scientific texts.
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