Why do we know more about Kim Kardashian than Abigail Adams?
Why do high schools, universities and theaters have so few plays with all female casts to choose from? There are COUNTLESS plays with all male casts.
Why were only 22% of plays produced last year written by women? (According to “The Count,” Dramatists Guild National Study).
Let's catch up.
NINA ROOSEVELT GIBSON, Eleanor Roosevelt's Granddaughter has this to say about SHE IS HISTORY!
"Your project really hit home with me...I'm happy to support it. I was so moved by the fact that the women who have tried to 'crack the ceiling' seem to have been forgotten particularly by younger women and girls. Reaching them in the schools is so very important."
Please join Laraine Newman, Melanie Chartoff, Cathy Ladman, Mo Gaffney, Jane Brucker and more in supporting the project.
SHE Is History! is a play about women who MAKE and MADE history that actually has a large all-female cast. Written by a playwright, actress and feminist, inspired by raising two daughters, it has comedy, tragedy, drama, multi-media and is chock full of true stories.
A modern single mother struggling to raise daughters finds herself on a mission. Alarmed when her 10-year-old daughter decides to do her women’s history report on Cher or Janet Jackson, Mom becomes obsessed with and gets inspiration and strength from unknown, unheralded and forgotten women in history - then AND now - who overcome obstacles and fight for justice. Weaving stories in and out of what turns out to be parallel universes spanning four centuries, she finds empowerment along the way in these funny, enlightening, politically and socially relevant, heartbreaking and emotionally charged slices of modern and herstorical life.
SHE IS History! began in 2009 as a thoroughly, respectfully, and lovingly researched solo play, debuting at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles and has been performed for six years around the country, in theaters, museums, libraries and historic sites; for military bases, women’s groups, fundraisers, Girl Scouts, social and political organizations - but - to too few schools, where young boys and girls don’t know their women’s history and need to be enlightened and inspired.
Click here for a three minute trailer: She’s History Three Minute Trailer
Click here (and read some below) to read testimonials and letters from students who HAVE seen the play). http://sheshistory.com/site/testimonials/
The play is written with plenty of parts - big and small - including male roles. (When Shakespeare's plays were performed, women were not allowed on stage and their parts were played by males.) This play gives ample opportunity for girls AND boys to participate - as it can be performed with as few as six actresses (playing multiple roles) or as many actors and actresses as the director would like. The cast is small enough for theaters and big enough for schools.
"We are in effect enculturating kids from the very beginning to see women and girls as not taking up half of the space." Geena Davis http://seejane.org
"We need half. That's all we ask. Half. Half in the House. In the Senate. At Universal. At Sony. If it were half, I wouldn't say the world would be better, but it would be representative." Meryl Streep
"... I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough women on the Supreme Court? And when I say when there are nine, people are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that." Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
"They don't write roles for women....and they certainly don't write roles for women of color." Sally Field
The goal is to publish the play so it can be offered to schools and theaters across the country. Give students, actresses, actors and audiences an opportunity to experience a play that enlightens, inspires, empowers and entertains while learning about the hidden history of women.
Why did it take a MOVEMENT (http://www.womenon20s.org) for people to learn about Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Alice Paul and on and on... http://www.womenon20s.org/candidates
HOW TO GET A PLAY PUBLISHED
I could not find ONE SINGLE ALL FEMALE historical published play that is ABOUT WOMEN that is appropriate for schools, that has comedy AND drama; historical AND modern heroines.
We are aiming high. Most schools and theaters go directly to publishers Samuel French and the Dramatists Play Service.
Samuel French, Inc. is currently not accepting unsolicited submissions. Please continue checking back for updates regarding our submission process. Please note that the substantial majority of our publications have been acquired after successful productions in New York City or a major regional theatre.
Dramatists Play Service generally acquires plays after successful productions in New York City, London or at a major regional theatre. If your show has not yet been produced in a notable venue, you might be better served to put your time and energy into pursuing a production.
To produce a "fully realized" play in Los Angeles, it costs $30,000 or so - just for a small 40 seat theater - and around $40,000 to $50,000 for a 75 seater; and $70,000 or so for a 99 seat theater.
I plan to film the reading and shop it to producers and theaters so THEY can put the play on stage, have a "successful production" and hopefully get the attention and interest of a literary agent to submit for publication. My wonderful actresses are all donating their time and talent. I need to raise $5000 to pay for renting the theater, advertising and promotion, the director, the lighting designer, board operator, stage manager and house manager, videographer, editing, marketing and distribution.
“With gratitude for bringing us Bella’s words.” Gloria Steinem
"With admiration for a terrific performance…" Elizabeth Holtzman - former New York Congresswoman
“I was so truly impressed with your show tonight. Thank you for answering the call to educate, entertain and awe your audiences doing this important work, sharing these remarkable facts about these incredible trailblazing women. Thanks Amy – You pulled it off! Great work!” Ellen Dubois - UCLA History Professor and renowned Women's History author “Through Women’s Eyes, Unequal Sisters, Feminism and Suffrage.”
"I thought it was very inspirational, It shows how far women have come and it's hard to even imagine a time when women were not allowed to vote." Rep. Judy Chu - Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 32nd district and the first ever Chinese-American female elected to Congress
“Thank you for the enlightening show. Better than 20 years of school…” Jenny
“You were awesome. I am now really interested in Women’s History.” Emma age 13
“Every girl on the verge of voting, and every boy for that matter, should see Amy Simon’s 'She's History.' The shock of learning how recently women's rights began to begrudgingly be granted, and how long our female predecessors suffered the slights of second class citizenship, wakes one up to the imperative of voting wisely." Melanie Chartoff
“I LOVED your show. The amount of information that you brought forth in such an entertaining way is astonishing…you wrote it brilliantly and performed it delightfully.” Barbara Schroeder - Emmy Award-Winning journalist and documentary filmmaker
“Great show Amy – informative, engaging, inspiring!” Paula J. Caplan - Harvard University
“I wanted to thank you for your performance on Sunday. It was such a wonderful Mother's Day treat for me to take my girls to learn more about the history of the women's movement in the United States. My youngest daughter in particular was inspired by your show (she wants to be an actress herself) and now she wants to learn more about Sojourner Truth. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that your work makes a difference. Thank you for all you do!” Kimberly Tso “Very enthralling and energetic! A wonderful way to learn about important, historical women.” Kristen & Brigit (a mother and daughter)
“We had the pleasure of having Ms.Simon bring SHE'S HISTORY! to our community center on the Lower East Side, an area devoid of heroes of either gender. Our center has no real performance area and we found her to be accommodating flexible and extremely professional. Further, the performance was warm and inclusive as she held our middle schoolers captivated with her performance. Even though our students face multiple learning challenges, it is important to note that Ms. Simon did not 'dumb down' the material for our students, she went the extra mile to include mention of our founder, Lillian Wald and she expected the students to stay with her on the amazing verbal journey that makes up the majority of the performance. The work is thoroughly researched and lovingly crafted into a rich historical tapestry that EVERYONE can relate to.” Katha Cato - Henry Street Settlement, New York City
“It was fun to see the famous historical woman played by the ensemble. The young women of today have no idea who some of those world life-changers are. You’ve created a terrific forum to teach them.” Andy Goldberg
"She's History" provides a perfect supplement to history classes of all ages. I highly recommend Amy Simon's "She's History" to any school interested in bolstering their history curriculum. Our students, parents and staff enjoyed our trip through women's history immensely." Steve Kessler – Principal, Horace Mann, Beverly Hills
“You have brought the courage and brilliance of our fore sisters alive, very teen accessible, human and real! Thank you.” Martha Wheelock - Women’s History Professor, Harvard Westlake, Los Angeles
“I have never seen the students more engaged!” David Foldvary - middle school history teacher, at Horace Mann, Beverly Hills
“…she was fantastic—we were very pleased. We had an audience of eighty-nine (a nice mix of teens and adults), and everyone appeared enthralled...” Melissa Elliott – Burbank Library
“What a beautiful, heartfelt and inspiring show! A gift for all women and our daughters!!” Eliza
“I loved it. As a man, we should all see this show.” Damion S.
“Terrific show! I’ve long been interested in women’s history even though I’m male. Wish it could’ve gone on twice as long with more of your wonderful stories!” Kim Fugal
“She’s history—was terrific..So touched by your passion and enthusiasm to bring light and honor to these deserving change makers – and courageous smart women.” Karen Sternfeld
Risks and challenges
I do not expect to encounter any obstacles. The only challenge is getting the right people to see the play. This is why a DVD of the reading is necessary.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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