Tuesday, April 11, 2017

INEZ | Suffrage Play, Vienna, Va. Jun 11, 2017

Inez Milholland Boissevain at 27
in 1913, the year she married.
You are invited to join the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association on June 11, 2017 for:
  • Cocktail reception, 
  • Dinner, 
  • Silent auction
  • Play reading of "Take Up the Song.” 
The play by John Tepper Marlin shows  the challenges faced by the the woman-suffrage movement through dialogues among its key leaders, based on the historical record.

This gala evening (black tie/suffrage costume optional) will be at the Westwood Country Club in Vienna, Virginia, near the better-known Tyson's Corner.

Supervisor Chairwomen Sharon Bulova of Fairfax County and Phyllis Randall of Loudoun County have joined the cast!

Reserve here! (June 5, 2017— About 150 tickets have been sold. Today is the last day to be sure of getting a ticket.)

Turning Point Honorary Board member Dr. Elisabeth Griffith will tie the suffragist movement (purple sashes) to modern-day equal rights activities (pink hats). Musical entertainment will be provided by Capital Harmonia, northern Virginia’s preeminent community women’s chorus. Black tie/suffragist attire optional.

Inez Milholland, leading the
1913 parade, the day before
Wilson's inauguration.
The play is being produced by Jerri Wiseman of the StageCoach Theatre CompanyThe story of the Turning Point in the campaign for woman suffrage is told through a series of dialogues among suffragists Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Carrie Chapman Catt, Alice Paul, Inez Milholland and others. 

The playwright, Dr. Marlin, was for more than a decade chief economist in the Office of the New York City Comptroller and is the great-nephew of Inez Milholland, a lawyer and member of the National Woman’s Party.

Milholland is a prominent character in the play because before her death in November 1916 she was probably the best-known living suffragist in the United States.

Inez sacrificed her own health and died while campaigning day and night throughout the western states to convince women to vote against Wilson because he did not support recognition of the right of women to vote. 

Her death instigated the meeting with Woodrow Wilson that led directly, as is shown in the play, to the Turning Point... 

You may charge your tickets or sponsorship or send a check to Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association, ATTN: Pat Wirth, Executive Director, 5400 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039. Most of the ticket/sponsorship represents a tax-deductible contribution to the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association.

DATE AND TIME: 
Sunday evening, June 11, 2017
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT 
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LOCATION: 
Westwood Country Club
800 Maple Avenue East
Vienna, VA 22180 

The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association (TPSMA) is a 501(c)(3), volunteer-led Virginia corporation. TPSMA was created to illuminate a crucial  moment in history for American women, largely untold, through construction of a national suffragist memorial, establishing the Turning Point Institute and developing a Constitution Trail. The memorial will reflect the strength of more than five million women who joined in the struggle and the significance of their 72-year fight to win the vote. In partnership with NOVA Parks, the memorial will be located within Occoquan Regional Park, Fairfax County, Virginia, in part of the historic prison grounds where scores of suffragists who picketed the White House in 1917 were inhumanely imprisoned, beaten and brutalized.

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