From Harriet Tubman to Oprah, Eleanor Roosevelt to Michelle Obama, or Amelia Earhart to Hilary Clinton, women throughout history have ditched their aprons and cleaning towels and have inspired drastic social changes against oppression. Nearly 20 years after congress officially designated March as Women’s History Month, DramaDogs began a project to honor the ways in which women have projected their voices through art and literature.
On Sunday, March 12 at 3 p.m., the DramaDogs’s cofounders, E. Bonnie Lewis and Ken Gilbert, bring their unique theatrical style to the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Public Library (40 E. Anapamu St.) to give voice to notable women writers through history.
Taking monologue pieces from Terre Ouwehand’s “Voices from the Well” and Jinny Webber’s narrative based on her research from her current novels regarding Shakespeare’s time, this free, live performance celebrates women’s ability to speak up against the relegated role of submission and silence.
Lewis and Gilbert’s staged reading, From Eve’s Fair Hand, creates a narrated journey of female characters through poetic and prose monologues from the first English woman writer, Aphra Behn; 19th century French novelist and memoir, George Sand; American novelist, poet, playwright, and art collector, Gertrude Stein; English writer and 20th-century modernist, Virginia Woolf; and prolific novelist, poet, journalist Vita Sackville-West; first professional poet, Amelia Bassano Lanier; and Renaissance poet, Lady Mary Wroth.
Playwright and poet Terre Ouwehand and novelist and playwright Jinny Webber, act as the tour guides through a long, historical recollection of women’s voices and create a connective narrative to honor the patience, performance, and presence of inspiring women in history.