After playing to acclaim at Arena Stage's Old Vat Theatre in February, Elizabeth Cady Stanton will bring her solo show, Sun Flower, to NYC for one night only, June 9, as a benefit for the Colleagues Theatre Company. (The venue is undecided but probably the Promenade Theatre.) Sun Flower looks at the life and achievements of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Affectionately called "the grand old woman of America," Stanton helped found the Woman's Suffrage Association with Susan B. Anthony and Lucy Stone in 1869. Sun Flower traces Stanton's life, from childhood in New York to marriage (with 7 children) with Henry Brester Stanton, a noted abolitionist. The play also captures Stanton's historic "Declaration of Sentiments" speech at the first convention on women's rights in 1848, and Stanton's 80th birthday party, held at the brand new Metropol This fighter for women's rights shocked her peers with her outspokenness, and it wasn't until 1920, 18 years after her death, that an amendment was passed allowing women the right to vote. Why the title "Sun Flower"? It was the pseudonym name Stanton used when writing her newspaper columns. The Feb. 15 first preview date was chosen to coincide with Susan B. Anthony's birthday. (In June, a statue of Stanton which had been removed from the DC rotunda will be returned, thanks to protests Actress Perry will play Stanton and 25 characters from the activist's life. The performer appeared on Broadway in Inherit The Wind, Present Laughter (with George C. Scott), 84 Charing Cross Road and Coastal Disturbances. Sun Flower was first developed at the American Renaissance Theatre Corporation, which Perry co-founded in 1975.
According to production spokesperson Sam Rudy, producers were hoping to bring the show to New York for a commercial Off-Broadway run in March (Women's History Month), but because so many theatres are booked this season, they're waiting until Fall.
Colleagues producer Catherine Wolf told Playbill On-Line the Colleagues Theatre Company has a two pronged mission: to offer featured roles for seasoned, mature professionals, and to give high school students a chance to apprentice as technical people. "We see older people as role models, and young people can ¿ated to take a positive role in society from them." CTC offers internships to its Program in Theatrical Craftsmaship, wherein professionals work as mentors in costume construction, According to the theatre company's charter, their first full season will consist of 3-5 plays to be produced Off-Broadway under an Equity contract. The theatre did a one-night benefit reading of Carol Shields' Thirteen Hands Feb. 24. Cabaret artist Julie Wilson will do a benefit for the company in autumn 1997. Tickets to Sun Flower are $35. Patrons who pay more than that can stay after the show for cocktails.
The company is most excited about its new internship program, which offers high school graduates who don't go off to college a chance to get three years worth of experience in the technical and business side of theatre. The Colleagues Theatre Program in Technical Craftsmanship is seeking an intern from the NYC area (or, if the person is truly extraordinary, possibly from around the country), for its training program, which is salaried at minimum wage but includes food and pocket money fo Those interested and qualified for the internship should contact Catherine Wolf of Colleagues Theatre Company at (212) 362-5332. --By David Lefkowitz