As a part of the center’s Women’s History Month programming, the NIU actresses will host a talk-back immediately following their performance to discuss their process of bringing the play to life.
Director Kay Martinovich and the all-female cast created the drama from writings of women forgotten by history and popular culture.
Each character presented uses dialogue taken directly from primary research materials such as first person narratives, poems, journals and autobiographies.
The women’s stories center around a journalist who has been beaten, tortured and thrown in prison. While in prison, she meets women from throughout a history that spans the 10th century to the present – and whose voices have not been heard aloud until now.
“The show has been such an incredible journey! We began the process of devising by research women who had been forgotten but who spoke to us,” Martinovich wrote in her director’s notes.
“Relying on women’s first-person narratives, the actresses found journal entries, diaries, autobiographies, speeches, letters and poems. Once up on our feet, rehearsals were filled with improvisations, movement and textual assemblage. Our adventurous aim: bringing to light the essential spirit of these trailblazing women. They continue to move and inspire us.”
Tickets are $5 – or, for that afternoon only, one Sacagawea golden coin or one Susan B. Anthony silver coin.
All ticket sales support the DAWC, which strives “to create a safe, supportive environment that celebrates women, promotes women’s culture and encourages the empowerment of women,” making “society better for women and girls (and) in turn making life better for everyone.”