California Women Suffrage 1st day

Wow. We meet the organizers of the Centennial including Kim Salter, Dianne Midoshi, and Gloria Taylor. Everyone is excited about the two day event, and we are finding the excitement contagious. At 10, we have rehearsal and then we go to the Crest theatre and load-in and set up.It’s a huge stage with a big screen behind us. I will be up in the control room way at the top of the 900 seat theatre.

At the Centennial in Sacramento

There are two movies before us. We watch “Seneca Falls” which is a turning point for all of us, so much of our themes is in that movie. We can only partially watch Martha Whitlock’s movie about  California Women Getting the Vote but the cast has to warm up. It’s fun to watch because we are in it!

Harriet Benish as Lilly Ledbetter teaching the high school student Melanie (Deana Kenney)

Harriet arrives — she had to fly in that day. And then we do the show, it goes great. The audience applauds for each character which is fun.  At dinner later we talk to people who want to license the show, and we meet the author of a book about women getting the vote. What a day!

The cast at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento

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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