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Sunday, February 25, 2018

A Robert Chesley / Jane Chambers Playwrights Project reading of

The Lady was a Gentleman

By Barbara Kahn
Directed by Robert Gonzales Jr.

“The Lady Was a Gentleman” is a docu-comedy about the 19th-century lesbian actress Charlotte Cushman (spouse of sculptor Emma Stebbins, who designed Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain).

In the play, Charlotte, a worldwide celebrity who often played male roles, is opening as Romeo in St. Louis, MO in January, 1858. Her appearance brings her a surprise encounter with a “lady cowboy” and her mail-order bride.

Sallie Mercer, Charlotte’s real-life assistant was a free and educated African-American woman during the time when slavery was still legal in many states and most women lacked a formal education.

Charlotte Cushman, A world-famous actress: Steph Van Vlack
Sallie Mercer, Her long-time assistant: Kendra Augustin
Deirdre Ryan, A not-so-famous actress: Zoe Anastassiou
Jane Partridge, A frontierswoman: Amanda Boekelheide
Marie Louise Yvette L’Amour, A Frenchie: Lisa Monde
Emma Crow, A resident of St. Louis: Reanna Armellino
Stage Directions: JessAnn Smith

Date and Time: Sunday, February 25, 2018. Doors at 6:30pm; Show runs 1 hour and 45 minutes (no intermission)

Location: Alliance of Resident Theaters/New York – Bruce Mitchell Room 520 Eighth Avenue, NYC – Third Floor

Admission:  FREE (limited seating, please arrive early)


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