About this project
What if all the wise, funny and notable women who have marked our lives from antiquity to modern times were to come alive? See it happen in unforgettable portrayals by historian and actress Elaine Partnow. With authentic costumes and realistic locations, Elaine--author of 17 books and performer at well over 500 venues internationally--breathes life into notable and fabulous women of the ancient and recent past. Placed in historical context, scripted from each woman’s own words, you will see these great women in action. Some of our backers asked for photos and clips from performances and Here's a couple of quick clips from a performance I did 20 years ago!
And here's some stills:
We've added some special incentives for our last week: some of Elaine's books--and some costumes from her living history performances. Take a look...then read on...
Worn in the original production of Elaine’s one-woman show Hear Us Roar, A Woman’s Connection at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans in 1985 and produced via an NEA grant. One-of-a-kind design made by a well-known fabric artist and painter (name revealed upon delivery). Elaine depicted a Sumerian moon priestess from 2500 BCE, with this lovely, shimmering silver lamé costume. Fits any size. Good condition.
Exquisite vintage gold sequined and baby pearl jacket, size 12, by Annabelle. Excellent condition. Worn by Elaine in her living history portrayal of Sophie Tucker. Feathered headband was custom made for Elaine and worn with the jacket. SOLD!
Vintage Evan Picone cocktail dress worn by Elaine in her original production of Hispanic Women Speak; commissioned by La Sociedad Española de New Orleans in 1988. Size 12. Rich gabardine, fully lined. Near mint condition.
Only one of each. See incentives to find out how you can get one!
With a modest and achievable budget of $13,375, we will produce twelve webisodes, each a stand-alone for the Internet; we will also combine them into two web series, about 45 minutes each, made available on DVD, ready for the classroom, discussion groups, and civic organizations. A great tie-in for National Women's History Month and other womanly celebrations.
Series I ~ INSPIRING AMERICAN WOMEN
• Susan B. Anthony, suffragist
• Elizabeth Cady Stanton, suffragist
• Florynce Kennedy, lawyer & civil rights activist
• Rachel Carson, mother of environmental movement
• Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady & human rights activist
• Bella Abzug, Congresswoman & peace & women’s rights activist
Series II ~ INSPIRING WOMEN OF DIVERSITY
• Murasaki Shikibu, world’s first novelist
• Juana Inez de la Cruz, Mexican scholar, poet, mathematician
• Sarah Winnemucca, Native American educator, interpreter, activist
• Sojourner Truth, ex-slave abolitionist and suffragist
• Dolores Ibarruri, known as La Pasionaria during Spain’s Civil War
• Golda Meir, Israel’s Fourth Prime Minister
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to wear a nun’s habit under hot lights for several hours? Or a wig? Elaine is willing to bear up under such discomforts (every single one of her characters needs a wig) as well as wear the hot, starchy, long dresses of the 19th century, to bring authenticity to her portrayals. Of course, those wigs and costumes cost a bundle. Then there’s location. Where else would Murasaki Shikibu appear other than in a Japanese garden and tearoom? How about Susan B. Anthony defending herself in an 1872 courtroom? Or Sarah Winnemucca speaking at an Old West mission? These are only a few of the myriad expenses (permits, insurance, location rentals, videography, editing, transportation—and the list goes on) that your investment will cover so that we can bring the highest quality to this entertaining and informative web series.
Here is a look at the first in our series of five postcards, an incentive reward:
And here is our 8-1/2 x 11 poster: another incentive reward: it is printed on premium archival paper, ready for framing (if it doesn't read well on your screen, have no fear: it is crystal clear). For those whose reward offers a customization, the central, large image can be replaced with the woman of your choice:
Risks and challenges
We are a small crew dedicated to this project because of our passion for the subject. But because we are small, we do not have the outreach that projects with larger crews have in terms of networking. YOU are our crew! We want you to be a part of this project. Please join us and help spread the word.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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