About the Play
Commissioned by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Collaborative to commemorate the centennial of women’s suffrage.
This fictional story explores the lives of two women occupying the same physical space 100 years apart. Perseverance Turner, an African-American schoolteacher, writer, and suffragist, is 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, ownership of history takes center stage.
About the Playwright
Callie Kimball (Playwright) earned her MFA under Tina Howe at Hunter College, where she won the Rita & Burton Goldberg Playwriting Award two years in a row. Her plays have been produced and developed in New York, Chicago, LA, Boston, and DC, at the Kennedy Center, MCC Theater, Lark Play Development Center, Portland Stage Company, Rep Stage, Ashland New Plays Festival, The Drama League, Echo Theatre, The Brick Theater, Dramatic Rep, Mad Horse Theatre, Project Y Theatre, Team Awesome Robot, Washington Shakespeare Company, Halcyon Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Greater Boston Stage Company, Everyman Repertory Theatre, Absolute Theatre, and many colleges and festivals across the country. She’s 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. She won a Ludwig Vogelstein grant to research her play Sofonisba, which won Portland Stage’s Clauder Gold Prize, was a finalist for the O’Neill, a semifinalist for the Princess Grace Award, and was included on The Kilroys’ 2016 List. Her themes range from historical dramas and classical adaptations to socio-political comedies and futuristic dystopias. Many of her plays feature characters balanced at the intersection of language and power, who struggle to break free from societal assumptions around gender, class, and race.