Audio selection, Inez Milholland tribute, 1916, in Washington, DC at the time of her death. From Jailed for Freedom by Doris Stevens, 1920. Audio by Librivox. Edited by Suffrage Wagon News Channel. For resources and Inez Milholland information, consult InezMilhollandCentennial.com
Steinhardt’s Program in Educational Theatre at New York University will stage two events in October to celebrate the women of New York State winning the right to vote a century ago, exploring the historical context through the individuals who fought for the cause. One of them is about Inez Milholland.
While many fought for women’s suffrage, one woman in particular stands out for her aptitude for drawing attention to the cause: Inez Milholland, a 1912 graduate of the NYU School of Law. Milholland may be best remembered sitting astride a white horse, channeling Joan of Arc, and leading parades down New York City’s Fifth Avenue and Washington, D.C.’s Pennsylvania Avenue to fight for women’s rights.
Called the New York Times’ “Poster Girl of Radicalism,” this labor lawyer, war correspondent, and outspoken crusader for social justice literally worked herself to death for the cause of women’s suffrage. Storyteller Darci Tucker will bring her back to life on Sunday, October 22 at 1 pm at the Provincetown Playhouse (133 Macdougal Street). Upon a White Horse is free and open to the public, and is appropriate for adults and youth 12 and older. For more information: http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/edtheatre/storytelling
A newly created play entitled Hear Them Roar: The Fight for Women’s Rights investigates the untold stories of the suffragists of 1917, including women of color, immigrants, and the men (or “suffragents”) who helped win the vote. Under the direction of Nan Smithner, professor of educational theatre at NYU Steinhardt, the play was devised by an ensemble of 15 actors, who wrote and created the scenarios by deeply researching historical facts of the time.
The show is conceived as an environmental theatre performance, with scenes related to the struggle for women’s rights taking place in Washington Square Park. These scenes are then connected thematically to present day issues in the last half of the show, performed in Pless Hall’s Black Box Theatre.
The audience for Hear Them Roar: The Fight for Women’s Rights will meet at the Black Box Theatre, located at 82 Washington Square East (entrance on Washington Place), and will stroll from scene to scene throughout the performance.
Hear Them Roar: The Fight for Women’s Rights runs for seven performances between Friday, October 20 and Sunday, October 29. For a list of performance dates and times, visit the NYU Events Calendar. Tickets are $15 general admission and $5 for students and seniors. For tickets, contact NYU Box Office at tickets.nyu.edu, call 212.998.4941, or visit in person at 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South).
The Program in Educational Theatre presentation of Upon a White Horse is part of Storytelling Series at the Provincetown Playhouse, produced by storyteller and NYU Steinhardt adjunct professor Regina Ress.
Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, established in 1925, instructs over 1,600 students majoring in music and performing arts programs. Music and Performing Arts Professions serves as NYU’s “school” of music and is a major research and practice center in music technology, music business, music composition, film scoring, songwriting, music performance practices, performing arts therapies, and the performing arts-in-education (music, dance, drama, and storytelling).
The show opened at the Adirondack History Museum and runs through October 9, 2017!
Adirondack Suffragists: 100 Years of Votes for Women
The Adirondack History Museum highlights the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State with an exhibit focusing on national, state and regional dimensions of the women’s campaign. Though preceded by many western states in state-level action, New York was still a major national battleground in the fight for women’s rights in general and in the struggle for the passage of a national woman’s suffrage amendment in 1920. New York women such as Inez Milholland, from Essex County, led the national “Votes for Women” movement. The exhibit has been recognized by Governor Cuomo as a valuable destination on the NYS Path Through History and has been visited by Senator Gillibrand and NYS Senator Betty Little. The exhibit is sponsored in part by New York Council for the Humanities.
Beverly Miller’s wearing of a limited edition Inez Milholland t-shirt is a reminder of upcoming events: a program on October 22, 2017 at the Provincetown Playhouse in NYC, the suffrage exhibition opening on November 4, 2017 at the New York State Museum in Albany, NY, the road market installed in Lewis, NY pointing visitors to her grave, the honoring of Inez by the New York State Senate in early 2017, and the centennial of her death in 2016 that led to her nomination for a presidential citizens’ award. Visit InezMilhollandCentennial.com for updates.