By Callie Kimball
Directed by Martine Kei Green-Rogers, Ph.D.
Saturday, April 4, at 7:30 pm
Main Stage Theater at SOU
491 S. Mountain Avenue, Ashland
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In Perseverance, we meet Perseverance Turner, an African-American schoolteacher, writer, and suffragist, determined to elevate her students above the circumstances in which they were born. One hundred years later, in the same small town of Hillcroft, Maine, Dawn Davis, a white school teacher, is running for office on a platform of education reform. As the two women’s stories intertwine, the ownership of history takes center stage.
It will be directed by Martine Kei Green-Rogers, Ph.D., and will follow a weeklong workshop with the playwright, director, and cast. The play is a commission of Portland Stage and the Maine Suffrage Centennial Collaborative, timed to coincide with the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote.
Callie Kimball is a past ANPF winner for her play Sofonisba, which will receive its world premiere this year at the Theater at Monmouth in Maine. She is an award-winning playwright and teacher as well as an Affiliate Artist at Portland Stage Company, an Affiliate Writer at the Playwrights’ Center, Playwright-in-Residence at Theater at Monmouth, and a former MacDowell Fellow. Her plays have been produced and developed in New York, Chicago, LA, Washington, DC (Kennedy Center), Portland Stage Company, Lark Play Development Center, Halcyon Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Greater Boston Stage Company/Stoneham Theatre, Echo Theatre, The Brick Theater, Project Y Theatre, Team Awesome Robot, Washington Shakespeare Company, Everyman Repertory Theatre, Absolute Theatre, Mad Horse Theatre, The Drama League, and many colleges and festivals across the country. Her themes range from historical dramas and classical adaptations to socio-political comedies and futuristic dystopias, with characters who live at the intersection of language and power–who struggle to break free from the constraints of class, race, gender, and systemic abuse.
Martine Kei Green-Rogers, Ph.D., is currently President of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and an Assistant Professor at SUNY New Paltz. Her directing credits include: a staged reading of Adopting Aunt Tabitha for the Alley Theatre’s HYPE program, a staged reading of Venus and Adonis for the Classical Theatre Company, Much Ado About Nothing at Kenyon College, The Brothers Size at the Ancram Opera House, and Sender at Denizen Theatre. She is also the stage adaptor of the Jason Reynolds’ book Long Way Down which premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2018.