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


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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 third 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 three performances at Boston Public Library's Rabb Hall on November 16 and 17.

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.


2021 Cast

Lisa Rafferty


Director: Lisa Rafferty

Music Director: Adam McDonald

Stage Manager: Angela Dogani

Costume Design:  Zoe Sundra

Lighting Design: Joe Cabrera

Scenic Artist Consultant: Kristin Loeffler

Production Associate: Michael Eckenreiter

Assistant Stage Manager: Kelsey Whipple

Research:  Jody McDonough

Graphics: Sarah Smith Design

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Visit the Pierce Performance Series page for more information,

through the Associates of the Boston Public Library. 

Adam R. McDonald

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