Soldiers In Petticoats
Tonight, for one night only, I am performing in my first cabaret! In the West Village at The Duplex, no less. The woman in charge is a friend of a friend who graciously accepted my offer to help out on the acting end.
From my understanding, she's mounting this show so she'll have a record of ideas to present when she applies for grants, etc. in order to create a longer show/educational tour. Such industriousness! I'm in awe. And apparently so is a young documentary filmmaker who recorded us the other day for a piece she is doing on art and activism.
Most of the material is real suffrage pieces from the 1910's – written to rally for the cause of women's suffrage. And I have to say… the pieces rock. They are funny, witty, intelligent and heart-felt and I even get a little misty when I think of how these women actually changed the course of history.
It's a casual production – 90 minutes of songs and "parlor plays" – with the emphasis on the material and the fun of performing. And it's also pretty darn inspirational. Especially in a time when you sometimes have to wonder if we are any longer capable of banding together at a grassroots level to change society, politics and government.
But anywho, what's nice about the cabaret is that you can have a martini while watching! (Which you'll need 'cuz I'm singing ;)