Diverging Elements Theatre Co. to Present HEROINES IN HISTORY as Part of Radd Fest

New York-based theatre company Diverging Elements Theatre Co. will present HEROINES IN HISTORY, an evening of three original productions, ANNE FRANK: MY SECRET LIFE, A LETTER TO AUNTIE ROSA, and INEZ: THE SUFFRAGE HERALD, as part of RADD Fest Off-Broadway.

ANNE FRANK: MY SECRET LIFE, written by Patricia Buckley in association with Syracuse Stage, is a retelling of one of the most iconic pieces of literature of the twentieth century, The Diary of Anne Frank. Performed by Erin Schmidt and directed by Lauren Unbekant, audiences will be thrust back to the days of World War II and into the mind and secret thoughts of one of history's greatest heroines as she discovers inner strength and expression during the most formidable time in her life in one of the most devastating periods in global history.

A LETTER TO AUNTIE ROSA, written by Angelica Cheri, and with original music by Ross Baum and Ben Holtzman of RANGE a cappella, is inspired by the relationship between Rosa Parks and her niece Sheila McCauley-Keys. It captures a pivotal moment in Sheila's life when she realizes the impact her heroic aunt had on American history and society. Through this moment of discovery, Sheila's perspective on her aunt and on our country's history will be forever transformed. The production stars Betty Etheredge and features the a cappella talents of Izzie Flores, Angela Travino, and Jeremiah Haley of RANGE a cappella and is directed by Sammy Lopez.

INEZ: THE SUFFRAGE HERALD, written and performed by Melissa Jessel, is an introduction to one of history's loudest and most effective female activists, Inez Millholand. Dedicated to equality regardless of class, race, or gender, known for her Amazonian beauty and her courageous temperament, Inez was responsible for sowing the seeds that grew into the suffragette movement. A heroic and iconic suffragette, Inez proved to be an irreplaceable public speaker and leader who helped move a nation to change.

Diverging Elements Theatre Co. is a New York City-based not-for-profit theatre company committed to devising original and culturally diverse stories for the stage by drawing from elements of art, body, literature, nature, history and film. Employing a collaborative ensemble of artists, we aim to provide our audiences with a visceral human experience through mis-en-scene movement and basic narrative in order to spark thought, stimulate discussion and initiate change. Diverging Elements Theatre Co. is comprised of Daniel Burns, Kayliane Burns, Allie Dufford, Melissa Jessel, Sammy Lopez, and Erin Schmidt.

RADD Fest, the brainchild of RADD Theatre Co. is a two week festival in New York City, "showcasing a dozen intimate companies and independent artists including improv artists, slam poetry epics, a one act that takes place entirely within a box, and so much more. Each night is something fresh, a new story ready to be shared."

HEROINES IN HISTORY will be presented on Saturday, April 30th at 6:30pm at the American Theatre of Actors (314 West 54th Street). Tickets are available at www.divergingelements.org.

For more information about HEROINES IN HISTORY and Diverging Elements Theatre Co., visit www.divergingelements.org, or follow on Facebook: facebook.com/divergingelements, Twitter: @DETheatreCo and Instagram: divergingelements #DETheatreCo.



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