19th amendment project

An Ode to Women’s Suffrage

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WEB EXCLUSIVE In celebration of the 100-year-anniversary of the 19th Amendment that gave woman the right to vote, Burning Coal Theatre Company is launching The 19th Amendment Project, a collection of short plays written by accomplished women and/or non-binary playwrights. The 14 plays, which will be released over the course of 14 days, will focus on the passage of the 19th Amendment, which was ratified on August 18, 1920, and the impacts it continues to have on society today.

Featured plays include Deb Margolin’s “Inalienable Rights,” a story about a woman who goes to the local precinct to vote when something strange happens in the voting booth; Clare Bayley’s “The Tender Hearted” which focuses on a woman going to march at a women’s rally; Elaine Romero’s “A Sentiment,” set in 1848, the night before the signing of the Declaration of Sentiments at Seneca Falls; and MJ Perrin’s “Behold: Colored and Women, Inconceivable,” a story about a college student who is determined to write a paper on Black women suffragists.

Additional plays cover topics surrounding the suffrage movement, registering to vote, feminism and other themes of social reform. “Feminism is a family value; women’s rights are family assets,” said playwright Ruth Margaff, who will be debuting her play “Lost Music From the Heart of Everything” as part of the series on August 20.

Each of the 10-minute plays will be released virtually between August 17 and August 30. Tickets will be $2—or you can buy the whole series for $25—and each play will be available to watch from the day it’s released through the end of September.

To purchase tickets for Burning Coal Theatre’s The 19th Amendment Project, visit https://burningcoal.org/the-nineteenth-amendment-project.

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