Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire

March 30, 2014, 2:00 - 4:00 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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Next Event

October 17, 2021, 1:00 PM

The Forgotten Victory: The Battle of Springfield of 1780

Come to the Durand-Hedden House on Sunday, Oct. 17 to learn about the critical Revolutionary War battle of 1780 that was fought just down the road from here, in Vauxhall, the Short Hills, Springfield and Connecticut Farms (Union).

Historian John Kieser will bring to life this often-overlooked conflict, in which the New Jersey militia held off the British and prevented them from getting to Washington’s troops in Morristown.

House and Country Store open 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Presentation at 2:00 pm

Proof of vaccination and masks required.


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