Tuesday, February 16, 2021

JOCUNDA FESTIVAL PRESENTS LIVE READING ON ZOOM TO CELEBRATE PASSAGE OF 19TH AMENDMENT

The JOCUNDA FESTIVAL presents 

WITH BANNERS FLYING
by Kay Weaver and Martha Wheelock
directed by Van Dirk Fishe

WHEN: Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 8PM EST and 5PM PST
WHERE: Zoom
TICKETS: 
Tickets are $15.00 to benefit the Riant TheatreAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

The reading will be followed by a talkback with the artists moderated by Van Dirk Fisher, Founder and Artistic Director of the Riant Theatre and producer of the Jocunda Festival.
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WITH BANNERS FLYING is a celebration of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting all American women the Right to Vote. The fight for women’s right to vote spanned 72 years; it took over 900 local, state, and national campaigns. The vote was won by tens of thousands of ordinary and diverse women 100 years ago. With Banners Flying captures one sliver of that history. 

The play takes place in the office of Dr. Anna Howard Shaw in 1917. She has brought Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, and Carrie Chapman Catt to a meeting in the hopes of tamping down the public vitriol being played out in the press between Catt (NAWSA) and Alice Paul (NWP), friction which seemed to be damaging the cause. The play opens with an African-American woman giving a lecture at a University in 2021 and shedding some light on the Black Suffragist’s contributions to the movement, which is often missing from history, as well as telling the story of these remarkable women.

The Cast includes:

SHELLEY HARTLE (Carrie Chapman Catt) Some of her credits include: Miss Julie (Christine), Hamlet (Queen Gertrude), Romeo and Juliet (Nurse) and Dr. Livingstone in Agnes of God.   

TAYLOR HAWTHORNE (Narrator) is an actress and director, known for Surreal Lounge (2012), What If ... (2011), Chris/tina (2012), the Ovation Award-nominated production of 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane; the world premieres of Sand Moon by Liz Lanier and Hit by Alice Tuan.

MAGGIE MCCOLLESTER (Alice Paul) has recurring television roles in Dexter, The Unit, The Playdate and The Young and the Restless. In the Emmy award winning short film “Cold Winter’s Night” Maggie played Mom. Among her many stage roles, Maggie’s favorite role is Kate in The Taming of the Shrew.

AMY WALKER (Lucy Burns) recently starred in her short dramatic film Into Light as Inez Milholland, the suffrage martyr. Now available on Amazon Prime. In three feature films due out this year Walker plays key roles: Grace and Grit, alongside Mena Suvari and Frances Fisher and based on the best-selling book; Evan Wood, family drama about addiction; and The Scheme of Things, a family adventure film. Most recently, Amy won two Best Actress awards for her starring role as Lulu in Listen, a powerful short film dealing with domestic partner abuse. Amy has been featured on TEDxthe TODAY Show, NPR, Inside Edition, and as Variety's Accents Expert, for her chameleon-like ability to instantly switch between authentic characters, accents and singing styles.

CAROLE ITA WHITE (Dr. Anna Howard Shaw) started appearing in episodic TV and small film roles in the early 1970s. Her first TV job was Evil Roy Slade, starring John AstinMickey Rooney, and Milton Berle. The movie was written by producer and director Garry Marshall. Carole went on to play Big Rosie Greenbaum on long running series Laverne & Shirley. White made guest starring appearances in over 30 shows on such programs as Mary Hartman, Mary HartmanThe Love BoatBeverly Hills, 90210The Wayans Bros. and Profiler.

Kay Weaver and Martha Wheelock (Co-Playwrights). 35 years ago, Kay and Martha wrote With Banners Flying for Kay Weaver’s concert at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of women winning the right to vote. The cast included Barbara Bain, Norma Connelly, Carole Ita White, and Betty Thomas, with Midge Costanza as the Narrator. Since that time, Kay and Martha formed Wild West Women, Inc, a 501(c)3 non-profit film and education company, producing films to empower women and girls and to spread Women’s History. WildWestWomen.org distributes our 15 films, featuring four films on Women’s Suffrage History. Visit us. 

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