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New Theatre Production Portrays the Lives of Exceptional Women in History

Allentown, PA (March 19, 2004) - Topping off Women's History Month, the Cedar Crest Stage Company presents "Out of Our Fathers' House," a play that uncovers the true-life stories of women who sought independence at any cost. "Out of Our Fathers' House" runs April 1, 2 and 3 at 8:00 p.m. and April 4 at 2:00 in the Samuels Theatre in the Tompkins College Center.

Based on Eve Merriam's "Growing Up Female in America," the play is taken entirely from the diaries, journals and letters of extraordinary women from the 19th through the 20th centuries. The characters portrayed include Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the powerful founder of the women's suffrage movement; "Mother" Mary Jones, the famous labor organizer who led the fight against child labor; and Dr. Anna Shaw who as a frontier minister, protected her self by carrying a fully-loaded pistol at all times.

"While investigating the characters, I read about so many more women who were inspiring and motivational that I incorporated a few more characters into the play," said director, Marion McCorry. Among the women McCorry added were Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood and a leader in the sexual rights of women; "Coco" Channel," the most imitated fashion designer in the world; Amelia Earhart, the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic; and Rosa Parks, civil rights pioneer. McCorry's characters also include female journalists from the Vietnam War who will be portrayed through the letters and essays they published in, "War Torn: Stories of War from the Women Reporters Who Covered Vietnam."

"This play is not about feminist ideas, but of the spiritual evolution that brought these ideas into being," says McCorry. "The play takes a theatrical look at several women in history who have changed our world forever. I hope it encourages the audience to further investigate these women, and others."

The cast of "Out of Our Fathers' House" includes: Karen Cook '05 of Shamokin, PA; Amanda Laigle '06 of Torrington, CT; Laura Scioli '05 of Jamison, PA; Sara Mahoney '05 of Bensalem, PA; Beth Ciccolella '06 of East Stroudsburg, PA; Elizabeth Bach '06 of Shickshinny, PA; Janine Pero '04 of Taylor, PA; Kristen Kuloy '05 of Bayshore, NY and Linda Baas, faculty.

"Out of Our Fathers' House" runs April 1, 2 and 3 at 8:00 p.m. and April 4 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10, $8 and $5 in advance and $12, $10 and $6 at the door. For more information, please contact the Cedar Crest College Box Office at 610-606-4608.

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Abigail Fota
College Relations Associate - Media


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