The 19th Amendment Project


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Aug 17 – Aug 30, 2020

Written by Various

Directed by Various

Coproduced by The League of Women Voters of Wake County

Each film will cost $2 to view between its release date and September 30, 2020, or $25 for the entire 14 play cycle.

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Burning Coal Theatre is pleased to present The 19th Amendment Project, a collection of short plays written by some of the most accomplished women and/or non-binary playwrights working today, writing on the passage of the 19th Amendment 100 years ago and its ongoing impact.  Each of the 14 plays will be released virtually, one at a time, between August Aug 17 – 30.  Tickets to view each 10 minute play will be $2 (or buy the whole series for $25) and each will be available from the day each play is released through the end of September, 2020.

The playwrights expected to participate include Clare Bayley, Hannah Benitez, Susana Cook, Kelly Doyle, Jennifer Natalya Fink, Magdalena Gomez, Tamara Kissane, Carrie Knowles, Deb Margolin, Ruth Margraff, Kate Morris, MJ Perrin, Elaine Romero, Prageeta Sharma and Ariel Zetina.

The producing arts organizations will include Agape Theatre, Bulldog Theatre Ensemble, Burning Coal Theatre, the Gilbert Theatre, the Justice Theatre Project, NC Central University Theatre, the North Carolina Theatre, the North Carolina Opera, Raleigh Little Theatre, Sweet Tea Shakespeare, Theatre in the Park, William Peace University Theatre and the Women’s Theatre Festival.

 Our production partner is The League of Women Voters of Wake County

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THE PLAYS AND CO-PRODUCERS ARE

INALIENABLE RIGHTS 

by Deb Margolin
presented by Raleigh Little Theatre and Burning Coal Theatre Company
Release date:  August 17, 2020

A woman goes to her local precinct to vote before she has to pick up her daughter; but as soon as she gets into the voting booth, something strange happens.  Content Warning: profanity, sexism.

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THE TENDER-HEARTED
by Clare Bayley
presented by Burning Coal Theatre Company
Release date:  August 18, 2020

Ellen is leaving her rural home for the day to go into town and march at the Women’s rally, her husband, Tobias, has other plans for her.  Content Warning:  gun and animal violence

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APARTMENT 19: A Ten Minute Allegorical Play for Two Afro-Latinas
by Magdalena Gomez
presented by Agape Theatre and Burning Coal Theatre Company
Release date:  August 19, 2020

Set in present day New York City, Magdalena Gómez writes an allegory on the erasure of Women of Color from suffrage and feminist history as told by two Afro-Latina characters.  Content warning: some profanity, mention of sexual assault.

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LOST MUSIC FROM THE HEART OF EVERYTHING (a suffrage aria for Amelia Himes Walker) 
by Ruth Margraff, music by Kamala Sankaram
Presented by North Carolina Opera and Burning Coal Theatre Company
Sung by Stephanie Foley Davis
Release date:  August 20, 2020

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LADIES ARE WAITING (L.A.W.)

by Carrie Knowles
presented by North Carolina Theatre and Burning Coal Theatre Company
Release date:  August 21, 2020

King Arthur is shocked when his wife, Guinevere, is planning a council known as the L.A.W, to help create equality for all the women in the kingdom.

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A SENTIMENT

by Elaine Romero
presented by Justice Theatre Project and Burning Coal Theatre Company
Release date:  August 22, 2020

Set in 1848, the night before the signing of the Declaration of Sentiments at Seneca Falls, Lucretia Mott, a social reformer, pleads with her husband of the importance for women to fight for their rights to equality.

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THE 19TH
by Hannah Benitez
presented by Sweet Tea Shakespeare and Burning Coal Theatre Company
Release date:  August 23, 2020

Alice and Minnie are burning coal on a steam train when a group of people attack, they confide in each other and have to create a plan for escape.   Content warning:  Language, Gun violence

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BEHOLD: COLORED AND WOMAN, INCONCEIVABLE
by MJ Perrin
presented by Theatre in the Park and Burning Coal Theatre Company
Release date:  August 24, 2020

College student Mace is determined to write a paper on Black women suffragists and prove her professor wrong; but when her mom drops off boxes that belonged to her late grandmother, she begins to uncover secrets from the past.  Content Warning: profanity.

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ON THE ROOF, IN THE TOMBS
by Prageeta Sharma and Kate Morris
presented by Burning Coal Theatre Company
Release date:  August 25, 2020

A collection of past and present suffragettes come together to help the status and progress of women’s rights, but Time itself is not on their side.  Content warnings:  Violence, Language

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VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE
by Susana Cook, directed by Asabi
featuring Zora Umeadi
presented by NC Central University and Burning Coal Theatre Company
Release date:  August 26, 2020

Eva is helping women register to vote when she gets stuck in an elevator. To help her through this traumatic event, she recalls what the suffragettes in 1910’s went through.  Content Warning: language

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THUNDERCLAP
by Tamara Kissane
presented by William Peace University and Burning Coal Theatre Company
Release date:  August 27, 2020

Parents Rachel and Jake are stoked that their daughter, Alice is now 18 and can vote, but she doesn’t believe that her vote will actually help.  Content warning: language and sexual violence

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BITTER FLOWER
by Jennifer Natalya Fink
presented by the Gilbert Theatre and Burning Coal Theatre Company
Release date:  August 28, 2020

Follows the relationship of two major figures in the suffrage movement, Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Jane Addams, and the fault lines of black and white feminists that continue to the present day.  Content Warning: death, racism, abuse

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GERRYMANDERIA, or The Miss Earth Vacancy in the Miss Universe Pageant System
by Ariel Zetina
presented by Burning Coal Theatre Company
Release date:  August 29, 2020

Gerrymanderia is competing for The Miss Earth Vacancy title in the Miss Universe Pageant System and urges the viewers at home to vote for her; meanwhile two women at home are struggling to cast their votes.

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She drove me to town hall when I turned 18 so I could register to vote
by Kelly Doyle
presented by the Women’s Theatre Festival and Burning Coal Theatre Company
Release date:  August 30, 2020

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Estimated run time: 2 hours.