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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.
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, and on the eve of the amendment’s 100th anniversary, the time for 19 is now!”
What: The Full-Length World Premier of 19: The Musical
Where: National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC
When: November 25-27