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A Musical About Suffragists Presents Special Performance for Women's March Weekend


A "rousing, ovation-generating musical, full of history and dance," 19: The Musical is the dynamic and little-known story of Alice Paul, Ida B. Wells, Susan B. Anthony, and the other suffragists who fought to win American women the right to vote nearly 100 years ago (DC Metro Theatre Arts). Locally-based creators, Jennifer Schwed and Doug Bradshaw (Jules & James, A Dream Within A Dream, The Upside of Iris) and Charlie Barnett (Saturday Night Live, Weeds, Royal Pains, and Archer), bring the inspirational story of these fearless women to life through jazz, spoken word, hints of gospel, and expressive dance. Currently in workshop phase (with the goal of bringing a full production to theaters in time for the 19th Amendment's centennial in 2020) there will be a special concert-style showcase presented the weekend of the Women's March (Friday, January 18th, 2019 at 7:15pm) as part of preview performances for the 2020 One Woman, One Vote Festival at The Hill Center (921 Pennsylvania Ave, SE, Washington, DC).

Creators Schwed and Bradshaw bring together a talented and diverse ensemble cast including Katie Ganem (Imagination Stage), Millicent Scarlett (Washington National Opera Summer Institute), and Debora Crabbe (Shear Madness, The Dog in the Manger). We follow as these inspiring women face an unjust system, that employs violence, humiliation and imprisonment, yet they eventually overcome the odds, but not without the inevitable sacrifices to their psyche and in some cases, their lives.

"19 is more than a musical, it is part of a movement," says Schwed. "In an age where women's rights have finally become an important issue again, the time for 19 is now. And we couldn't be more excited about the opportunity to perform "19" as a kick-off to this weekend of women's empowerment."

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The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote.19: The Musical is the dynamic and little-known story of Alice Paul, Ida B. Wells, Susan B. Anthony, Carrie Chapman Catt and the suffragists who fought for equal rights for women nearly 100 years ago. Book and Lyrics by Jennifer Schwed & Doug Bradshaw | Music by Charlie Barnett

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