Partner: The National Park Service
Site: Multiple sites in Boston
Dates: Initial research & development, 2020-2021
We are partnering with the National Park Service to conduct research and development to begin the creation of three new site-specific plays about the intersection of the women’s suffrage movement and race and abolition. In this phase of the project, we will be conducting baseline research, identifying the three writers who will ultimately be commissioned to write the plays, and identifying potential sites for the plays. We will be presenting the results of our research and site search with the three playwrights in the spring of 2020, in several public events.
Update: The writers and sites have been identified: Patrick Gabridge, writing about Angelina Grimke’s 1838 speech to the Massachusetts Legislature at the State House; Miranda ADEkoje writing about Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin and the First National Colored Woman’s Convention in 1895, at the King’s Chapel Parish House; Ginger Lazarus writing about the Faneuil Hall rally following the 1915 defeat of the referendum on Woman Suffrage in Massachusetts.