Women's History Month – Emma Palzere-Rae – Excerpts from Two of Her One-woman Plays
Be sure to join Us Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 11:30 am , at Filomena's in Waterford, $20 for members, $20 for non-members, includes gratuity and tax.
In celebration of Women's History Month, Emma Palzere-Rae will share excerpts from two of her one-woman plays.
Aunt Hattie's House: Reconstructed explores what compelled Harriet Beecher Stowe to pen Uncle Tom's Cabin, the best-selling novel that is said to have changed the course of United States history. Published ten years before the start of the Civil War, the book's stark portrayal of slavery sparked a heated national conversation on abolition. Meanwhile, Stowe, was raising seven children and, through her writing, she became the primary breadwinner of her household. The play explores Stowe's passion for justice, while giving us a look into the life of the 19th century working mother.
The Woodhull Project, explores how Victoria Woodhull would perceive our progress with women's rights if she were to return to this life (she was a clairvoyant after all). Known as a Free Lover, Victoria was also the first woman to speak before Congress, the first woman to open a stock brokerage firm, the first woman to publish a newspaper, the first woman to run for President — and the first woman arrested under the Comstock law. Through dialogue with the audience and flashbacks of her extraordinary and scandalous life, we learn about this woman who was written out of history.
Emma will also lead the Network in discussion on the importance of celebrating Women's History, exploring women in history that we often don't know about.
Emma Palzere-Rae has appeared in regional, stock and off-Broadway theater, as well as in film, television and radio. She founded Be Well Productions in 1989, touring several critically acclaimed one-woman plays on characters as diverse as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Victoria Woodhull, Emily Dickinson and Gilda Radner. In 1990, she banded together with other female solo artists to create New York City’s Womenkind Festival. Recent roles include Mrs. Miller in “Ah, Wilderness!”(East Lynne Theater Company); Mother Miriam in “Agnes of God” (Madison Lyric Stage); and Sister Aloysius in “Doubt” (Emerson Theater Collaborative). Currently, she is the Associate Director at Artreach, Inc. (Norwich, CT) which provides arts programs to adults living with mental illnesses. A graduate of Emerson College, she is an active member of Actor’s Equity, the Dramatists Guild (where she serves as the regional representative for New England - West). She serves on board of the Network, as well as the The League of Professional Theatre Women - CT Chapter's Steering Committee and on the New London Arts Council.
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