A political pro-Suffrage cartoon from early 1900: "The dirty pool of politics. Can we clean it? Give us a chance!"
SOMETHING TO VOTE FOR
Written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Directed by Gayle StahlhuthCast: Pat Dwyer, Ann Flanigan, Rachel Holt, Jared Mason Murray, and Marcia SofleyWith: Amanda Brinlee, Sandra Nickel, and Susan Tischler
Premieres on Thursday, March 18 at 8:00 PM 0n ELTC's YouTube Channel: https://www.tinyurl.com/ELTCYouTube, and is available through Sunday, March 21 at 11:30 PM. Direct link will be available once it has been uploaded.
East Lynne Theater Company presents a reading of “Something to Vote For” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman for free, due to support from The New Jersey Council for the Humanities through its “NJ Women Vote: The 19th Amendment at 100” initiative, and The New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s “Stages Festival.”
Gilman (1860 – 1935) known mainly for her novel “The Yellow Wallpaper,” published this fifty-minute one-act in her monthly magazine, “The Forerunner,” in 1911. Such plays were an important part of the suffrage movement since they could be read aloud and/or staged in private homes, bringing this controversial topic into living rooms. Many of the British suffrage plays survived - most of the American ones did not. This both witty and profound play takes place in the home of the new president of an influential anti-suffrage women’s club. When the group is concerned about the purity of milk given to babies, a local milk manufacturer, the new milk inspector, a woman who has recently lost a child, and a woman doctor are invited to speak to the club. The doctor puts the need for women to vote at the center of the conversation if these women really want change for the better.
“Something to Vote For” premieres on Thursday, March 18 at 8:00 PM on ELTC's YouTube Channel https://www.tinyurl.com/ELTCYouTube, and is available through Sunday, March 21 at 11:30 PM. It can be viewed directly on a flat screen tv, but if viewing it on a computer, ELTC recommends connecting the computer to the tv with an HDMI cable so the play is seen on a larger screen with better sound. Closed Caption is available on YouTube.
The talented cast is currently located in South Jersey, Manhattan, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. Several have worked with ELTC before. Pat Dwyer (“Silent Sky”), Rachel Holt (“Dracula” and “Ah, Wilderness!”), Jared Mason Murray (“Summerland”), Marcia Sofley (“Huckleberry Finn”) and Susan Tischler (“Helpful Hints” and others). Two were supposed to have made their ELTC premieres in 2020. Amanda Brinlee was to be in “Born Yesterday,” and Ann Flanigan was slated to play Harriet in the NJ premiere of “Possessing Harriet.” New to ELTC is Sandra Nickel who has worked with several acting companies in South Jersey. The director is Gayle Stahlhuth, artistic director of ELTC since 1999. For more information about the show and the cast, visit https://www.eastlynnetheater.org/something-to-vote-for.html.