Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Nineteen, a script reading

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I attended a two woman reading of the play Nineteen by a local (Sarasota) actress, Katherine Tanner, who wrote the script, music and lyrics for the show  and then acted in it (some people have all kinds of talent). It traces the history of the suffragist movement from Abigail Adams' letter urging her husband to include "the ladies" in the writing of a new Constitution through passage of the 19th Amendment which finally gave women the right to vote in 1920.

It was very well done -- entertaining and informative. This play was selected for the the empowHER reading series that was held in New York last December, presented with three other one-act plays and short screenplays by Clutch Productions, which has a focus on nurturing emerging female writers.

 The program was presented by the Venice Area Historical Society. I never imagined myself involved with an historical society. Actually, I am not a member, but they do put on some very interesting programs that are always well attended -- at night, in Venice -- and the public is invited.


  1. Been a long while since I have seen live theater.In fact I think the last was in Sarasota. Glad you are taking advantage and that play about the 19th amendment would have really been interesting.

  2. OH I so would have enjoyed this. Next time give me a call Olga :-) I'll treat for dinner

  3. I'm amazed at how local theater if often very good. And I know Sarasota has good theater. The other night we saw something entirely different in Charleston, SC: "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change." No message; just fun.

    1. I saw that play some years ago,and nothing wrong with just for fun.

  4. Sounds like a very enjoyable reading, especially if it includes music.

  5. It sounds interesting. It's so important to understand our history.

  6. Sounds like a delightful evening. I miss the experience of being involved in all facets of little theatre as I was for a few years before I married.

  7. I want to read up on Abigail Adams.

    "remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation."

    I think Elizabeth Warren said something to that effect last night in Nevada.

  8. This sounds so very interesting. I haven’t been to anything like this since we left Chicago.

  9. That sounds so interesting. I love things with historical background. It seems so alive when you start thinking about the presentation.


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