The Kingfisher Theater is proud to present Votes for Women! by Elizabeth Robins
When naive and newly-engaged Beatrice discovers the suffering of one in her own social class, her eyes are opened to the vulnerability of women over their lack of representation. While she wants to help effect change, she must also contend with the opinions of the man she loves, an up-and-coming politician. Complicating her feelings is the presence of the mysterious Vida Levering, a beautifully poised yet fearlessly outspoken suffragette. Does progress demand destruction of the past? Can love truly conquer all, or must some battles be faced alone? Witness some of the poignant first steps in the journey toward Women’s Suffrage with Elizabeth Robin’s rarely-performed Votes for Women!
Connor Graham to Direct
Buffalo-based director Connor Graham is a Theatre Performance graduate of the University at Buffalo and is fresh off of his successful role as the stuttering Billy in Subversive Theatre’s critically hailed One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. His ten-minute play, The Waiting Room, was produced for the first annual American Repertory Theater of WNY’s Young Playwrights Festival. He also recently directed the Tennessee Williams favorite The Glass Menagerie.
While Votes for Women! is set during the suffrage movement in early-20th-century England, Graham has made an enticing artistic decision inspired by recent political tensions. Kingfisher’s production of this historic piece will be set in the United States in a hypothetical near future in which women have lost the hard-won right to vote. The fresh dystopian take on the story is sure to challenge.
Sponsored by Susan B. Anthony House
The Kingfisher Theater is thrilled to be presenting this still all-too-relevant play in partnership with the Susan B. Anthony House as they celebrate 100 years of Women’s Suffrage in New York State—in the very city where Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and many others first helped empower millions of women across the globe—and as we approach the Centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed this essential right to all women in the United States of America.