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AnotherSky

Another Sky
a festival of women's voices
from the long 19th century

January 18 -31, 2010

9 premiere works by cutting edge artists
inspired by
the life and writings of
trailblazing American women
including
Emily Dickinson, Harriet Beecher Stowe,
Louisa May Alcott, Mary MacLane, Willa Cather,
Nellie Bly, Sarah Hale, Loreta Janeta Velazquez,
Sarah Emma Edmonds, and Sarah Rosetta Wakeman

Programs
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Program A:
Work"

Conceived by Yvonne Conybeare, Book by Anthony P. Pennino, and Music by Rob Kendt
(Louisa May Alcott)

Program B:
The Straitjacket
by Dan Evans
(Emily Dickinson)

Nellie and the Madhouse
by Laura Livingston

 (
Nellie Bly)

Program C:
The Real Housewives of the
19th Century

by David Lally
(Sarah Hale, the Beecher Sisters, Emily Dickinson, and Louisa May Alcott)

Program D:
A Brief History of Cross Dressing in the Civil War
by Andrea Pinyan
(Loreta Janeta Velazquez, Sarah Emma Edmonds, Sarah Rosetta Wakeman)

Mary MacLane: Confessionalist
Short plays by Trish Harnetiaux and
Normandy Raven Sherwood

(Mary MacLane)


Program E:
When the World Broke in Two:
A Visit With Willa Cather

by Toni Schlesinger
(Willa Cather)

The Bedquilt

by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
performed by Michèle LaRue



PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS
Program A
Work

Conceived by Yvonne Conybeare, Book by Anthony P. Pennino, and Music by Rob Kendt

A ‘reading' of a two-act musical based on the lesser-known Louisa May Alcott novel Work: A Story of Experience.  Christie Devon rejects marriage to the boy next door and seeks fulfillment and independence through “work that I can put my heart into… to be a useful, happy woman.”   From the creators of The Devil and Tom Walker (2007)


Program
B

The Straitjacket
by Dan Evans
A LuLu LoLo Production

In Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1871, poet/recluse Emily Dickinson’s sheltered life is interrupted by a traveling woman magician looking for a room to rent while a notorious confidence man prone to violence roams the neighborhood hunted by local police and baying hounds

Nellie and the Madhouse
by Laura Livingston
The story of groundbreaking journalist Nellie Bly’s effort to start her career… by getting herself committed to an insane asylum.

Program
C

The Real Housewives of the 19th Century
by David Lally
produced by the Oxy-Morons
The original "real housewives", Louisa May Alcott, Emily Dickinson, the Beecher sisters and Sarah Hale arrive at the very first Women Writer's Convention in 1856.  But it's a trap. The well-known male writers of the time have lured these women under false pretenses.  Their real plan?  Ridding the world of those damn scribbling women!  In this fight of men vs. women, can the women win?

Program D

A Brief History of Crossdressing in the Civil War
by Andrea Pinyan
a Radio Hound Production
A modern and humorous fantasia of heroic transvestism during our nation's bloodiest conflict. Follow our real-life Heroines Bold Sarah Emma Edmonds, Loreta Janeta Velazquez, Sarah Rosetta Wakeman through their unlikely and little-known exploits in the "men-only" world of war.

Mary MacLane: Confessionalist

www.marymaclane.wordpress.com
"Oh, Dear, Sweet, Bitter Olive"
Written and Directed by Trish Harnetiaux (and Mary MacLane)
Starring Emily Davis and Corey Tazmania
1902 Butte, Montana introduces us to adolescent sensationalist memoirist confessionalist, 19 year-old Mary MacLane.  Mary wishes to marry the devil, or run away with her schoolteacher (Fanny Corbin!), but sometimes, she’s content just sitting and eating an olive.


"Men Who Have Made Love to Me"
Written and Directed by Normandy Raven Sherwood (and Mary Maclane)
Starring Juliana Francis Kelly
Mary Maclane gives live, unhinged, and occasionally maudlin boudoir commentary on (a recreation of) her (lost) 1917 silent film of the same name.

Program
E
When the World Broke in Two: A Visit with Willa Cather
by Toni Schlesinger
ALastMinuteProduction
A journalist from the far distant future goes back in time on Proust/Air to 1922 to interview Willa Cather in her Greenwich Village apartment and ask her a very important question. Then the tables are turned but --- aren't they always.


The Bedquilt

by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
performed by Michèle LaRue
A timid old maid conceives a quilting design “beyond which no pattern could go.”
With painstaking devotion, she finds her self through her art and realizes her ideal..


There is another sky,
Ever serene and fair,
And there is another sunshine,
Though it be darkness there;
Never mind faded forests, Austin,
Never mind silent fields -
Here is a little forest,
Whose leaf is ever green;
Here is a brighter garden,
Where not a frost has been;
In its unfading flowers
I hear the bright bee hum:
Prithee, my brother,
Into my garden come!


Emily Dickinson