Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire

March 30, 2014, 2:00 PM

Pro-Suffragist Marie Jenney Howe wrote this tongue-in-cheek caricature, Someone Must Wash the Dishes in 1912, eight years before women won the vote. Titled “An Anti-Suffrage Monologue,” it was published in 1913, by the National American Woman Suffrage Association (precursor of the League of Women Voters).

Reviewers have called the production being performed for Durand-Hedden during Woman’s History Month at 2:00 p.m. March 30, and directed by the late Warren Kliewer, “wicked” in its wit. Michele LaRue’s performance has been labeled “side-splitting.” An Illinois native, now based in New York, LaRue is a professional actress who tours nationally with a repertoire of shows by turn-of-the-previous century American writers. The performance is free.

From 1:00 – 4:00 on March 30 Visitors will also be able to peruse the often surprising and always fascinating new exhibit on the 87-year history of the Maplewood Theater, The Maplewood Theater: Its Forgotten Saga and visit the Country Store.

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Women’s History

Slavery in New Jersey: A Troubled History is an illustrated 40-page book that traces the evolution of slavery in New Jersey, which began with Dutch settlement in the seventeenth century and continued through the end of the Civil War.


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