Conversations with a Suffragist - One Woman show at the BOX

Published by Box Factory for the Arts

Thursday 19th of September 2019

Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph

Conversations with a Suffragist,” featuring Megan Burnett, will be presented at the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph, MI at 7:30 pm on September 19th. The performance is presented by the League of Women Voters of Berrien and Cass Counties in celebration of 100 years of women’s right to vote.

Tickets in advance are $10 or $12 at the door. There will be limited seating for students at $5 per ticket. VIP seating at $15 per ticket will be available for the Box Factory performance only (email nikki@boxfactoryforthearts.org for information and to reserve).

In her one-woman show, Burnett brings to life Mattie Griffith Browne who was a 19th century Kentucky suffragist, abolitionist, and author. Born in Owensboro, KY to a slave-holding family, Browne was determined to free the slaves she inherited from her parents. As an adult, she wrote “Autobiography of a Female Slave” to raise money to free those slaves. She then turned her activism to suffragism and worked to obtain the right to vote for all citizens.

Burnett shares the basis for her portrayal of this little-known woman in the suffragette movement: "Mattie Griffith Browne continued to reinvent herself, regardless of the thoughts and pressures of others or society. She petitioned politicians to end slavery. She sought the right to vote for women as well as all freed slaves. She inspired respect from men and women working in the abolitionist and suffragist movements with her moral and patriotic convictions. She was a true agent of social change, and she is someone I have come to admire."

Megan Burnett is the Theatre Program Director and Assistant Professor of Theatre at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. She has taught acting and voice for Folger Shakespeare Library, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, University of Louisville, Eastern Kentucky University, Alice Lloyd College and Spalding University.

Burnett will conduct a post-show discussion following the performance. For more information on Megan Burnett’s performances, contact Judy Scully at jscully@luc.edu.

Conversations with a Suffragist is also presented at the Vickers Theatre in Three Oaks, MI at 3 pm on Sept. 18th.