ONWARD - Votes for Women  video- the passage of the 19th Amendment.

The March 2020 performance of ONWARD - Votes for Women was postponed - stay tuned for information on a future date.  

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Commissioned by the Associates of the Boston Public Library, the world premiere of ONWARD – Votes for Women is a documentary play created by Lisa Rafferty, with music arranged and composed by Adam McDonald. 


The second event in the prestigious Pierce Performance Series, ONWARD celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.  The production offers the voices and perspectives of the extraordinary women who fought for 70 years for equality. Over thirty historical characters from the movement, along with women leaders from our time,  will be portrayed by a cast of ten for one performance  on Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 pm at Boston Public Library’s Rabb Hall.  


The cast will play multiple roles throughout the 70-minute performance, including Susan B. Anthony,  Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Lucy Stone, Alice Paul, Mary Church Terrell, Shirley Chisholm, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Gloria Steinem.  The script is created verbatim from documents from the Special Collection, and other speeches, letters, articles and interviews from a variety of sources.  Suffrage music and songs will be interspersed throughout the production, along with an original composition.



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Director: Lisa Rafferty

Music Director: Adam McDonald

Stage Manager: Alyssa Germaine

Scenic Elements, Props: Meri Madden

Costume Design:  Zoe Sundra

Lighting Design: Emmett Buhmann

Production Associate: Michael Eckenreiter

Production Assistant: Kiersten Samalis

Research:  Jody McDonough

Graphics: Sarah Smith Design

Lisa Rafferty

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Visit the Pierce Performance Series page for more information,

through the Associates of the Boston Public Library. 

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Conductor and Keyboard: Adam R. McDonald

Piccolo, Flute and Alto Flute: Elena Rubin

Oboe and English Horn: Mary O’ Keefe

Bb Clarinet and Bass Clarinet: Thomas Acey

Cello: Jonah Ellsworth

Percussion: Zachary Hardy