The March 2020 performance of ONWARD - Votes for Women has been postponed - stay tuned for information on a future date!
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.
Director: Lisa Rafferty
Scenic Elements, Props, and Stage Manager: Meri Madden
Costume Design: Zoe Sundra
Lighting Design: Emmett Buhmann
Assistant Director and Assistant Stage Manager: Alysssa Germaine
Production Associate: Michael Eckenreiter
Production Assistant: Kiersten Samalis
Research and Digital Display: Jody McDonough
Graphics: Sarah Smith Design
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
Adam R. McDonald