In 2009, Performers Exchange Project (PEP) premiered an original performance, Our American Ann Sisters, a rollicking vaudeville-style fantasia on being a woman, an artist, an intellectual, and an American. Inspired by the Peabody Sisters of Salem, MA, an extraordinary family of female intellectuals and artists from the 19th Century, the play asks pertinent questions about feminism, femininity, and the progress of women and men in our society.
Daily Progress reviewer Clair Aukofer said of Our American Ann Sisters:"This is creative theatre at its finest, with a whole host of creative minds to credit...It’s all good, they’re all good and this is a really funny show that remembers the audience while not neglecting creative integrity for its creators. In short, it’s really good theater.
Now PEP wants to take our show and our unusual way of developing theater on the road. We have a bunch of small theater venues in NY, Providence, Staunton, Savannah, Richmond, Roanoke) who want to present this new work, but they lack funding to cover all of our expenses.
We intend to use the money raised to defray our brush-up rehearsal time, travel costs and performer, stage manager and tech person stipends.
Your donations are tax deductible through our 501(c)3 umbrella, Piedmont Council for the Arts.Our play features performers Sian Richards, Doreen Bechtol, performer/playwright Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell, director Martha Mendenhall, and performer Kara McLane Burke. Costumes by Jenny McNee, Set by John Paul Scheidler, Lights by Mark Schuyler, Sound by Thadd McQuade, Dances by Katharine Birdsall and original music by Shannon Worrell.
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