2019 KC Fringe: Jeannette Rankin–Champion of Persistence


Press Release posted by Bob Evans

Jeanette Rankin:  Champion of Persistence

The triumphant life of Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress, will be celebrated at the KC Fringe Festival the week of July 19. Conceived and performed by J. Emily Peabody of Minneapolis, MN, Jeannette Rankin: Champion of Persistence tells of Rankin’s battles on behalf of women’s suffrage, labor, and children. A life-long pacifist, she cast the only dissenting vote against U.S. entry into WWII and was one of the first to oppose the U.S. presence in Vietnam.

Rankin’s life story will be presented at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 19; 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 20; 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 22; 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 25; and 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 27. All performances are at the Quixotic Black Box Theater, 1616 Broadway, Kansas City, MO.

A Republican from Montana, Rankin was elected to the House of Representatives in 1916 and again in 1940. She continued fighting for women, workers, and progressive causes until her death in 1973, just shy of her 93rd birthday. Jeannette Rankin: Champion of Persistence was performed to enthusiastic audiences at the 2018 Minnesota Fringe Festival.

For additional information, contact J. Emily Peabody at www.thornproductions.org.

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