Two Elizas explores the true story of actor-playwright Jenny Mercein’s ancestor, Eliza Mercein Barry, whose landmark 1847 U.S. Supreme Court case Barry v. Mercein established a woman's right to retain custody of her child.
Jenny juxtaposes Eliza's story with her own complicated journey to motherhood, in a moving intergenerational reflection on resilience and women's rights.
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Jenny: Jenny Mercein is an actor, teacher, director,
producer, and writer currently living in New Orleans, where she an
Associate Professor at Tulane University. She is a proud co-creator
and producer of Roleplay, a live theatre performance and documentary
film project exploring student perspectives on love, sex, power, and
consent. The script for Roleplay is published by Dramatic Publishing.
Along with KJ Sanchez, Jenny co-created X’s and O’s, an acclaimed
docudrama about football and traumatic brain injury. Acting credits
include “Your Honor,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” "30 Rock,"
"Blue Bloods," "Unforgettable," "Law & Order"
and extensive theater credits spanning the country. Member: AEA,
SAG-AFTRA, National Alliance of Acting Teachers.
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