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Saturday, July 11 • 7:30pm - 8:45pm
XIX by Jacqueline E. Lawton Workshop Performance + Talkback: Protecting the Vote: Now + Then

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XIX by Jacqueline E. Lawton
Directed by JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell
Dramaturg: Jules Odendahl-James
Stage Manager: Cheryl Edson
Featuring: Lenore Field, Carly Jones, Kyma Lassiter, Emily Levinstone & Tyanna West

In 1920, while many in North Carolina favored granting women the right to vote, there was fear the 19th Amendment would open the doors to greater rights for the state's Black citizens.

Set in Raleigh, North Carolina, XIX follows Adelaide, a black suffragette and newlywed into the wealthy, white Germaine family. With access to the political and social elite of Raleigh, Adelaide plans to use her position for the betterment of the black community. She recruits her best friend, Florence, to enlist black women in the fight for suffrage as states across the country ratify the 19th amendment. On the night of North Carolina's historic (and unsuccessful) vote, Adelaide learns that her sister - and mother-in-law have been working quietly to undermine her efforts. In the aftermath of this betrayal, Adelaide must choose between her marriage and her activism. Jacqueline E. Lawton's socio-political drama focuses our attention on the women of an early twentieth-century multi-racial family as they navigate the fight for equality, the compromises of coalition building, and the limits of "family" love across racial and class divides.

This event is a special workshop performance of excerpts of Jacqueline E. Lawton's new play commissioned by WTF w/support of the Wake County League of Women Voters to commemmorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

Join us for a discussion after excerpts from XIX, facilitated by dramaturg Jules Odendahl-James, with panelists JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell (XIX director); Jacqueline E. Lawton (XIX playwright), youth voting advocate Isabel Lewis; Dr. Gloria Thomas, the director of UNC's Women's Center, and the President of the League of Women Voters of Wake County, Dianna Wynn. 

Our discussion will be wide-ranging, responding to questions from remote viewers, but the central focus will be on continuing tensions and possibilities for coalition between white women and Black women around voting rights and civil rights; voter participation during a pandemic and what is happening/needs to happen in NC to secure safety and inclusion for voters; and maybe ... sharing a dessert recipe or two.

NOTE: All WTFringe shows are unticketed/donation-based.
This performance will begin at 7:30 pm ET on Saturday, July 11th, 2020.
View at: https://www.twitch.tv/wtheatrefestivalnc

Saturday July 11, 2020 7:30pm - 8:45pm EDT