Think Hal Holbrook playing Mark Twain. Think Lily Tomlin playing all her characters. Then think: What if all the wise, funny and notable women who have marked our lives from antiquity to modern times were to come alive? See it happen in unforgettable portrayals by one-woman performance scholar Elaine Bernstein Partnow.
With simple yet remarkable props and costumes and her uncanny ability to alter her voice and appearance, Partnow segues before your eyes from a medieval German housewife to a west coast lady rabbi, from an ex-slave to a feisty New York politician. Edutainment at it best. Living history portraits of a wide variety of notable women, tailored for your needs.
You can choose from this fabulous roster of "Sheroes" (previously Movers & Shakers), or custom tailor the list to your liking. You can access study guides for each program by clicking the link.
Your audience will be captivated by the unforgettable portraits Elaine creates of women who made life better by leaving their mark on the world. Perfect for fundraisers, conferences, civic and professional events, schools and universities, cruises and tours, large or intimate venues. The words, the poetry, the lyrics-all come together in one of the finest one-woman performances you'll ever see. You'll feel like you actually saw these great women in person. An unforgettable experience for your audience!
Women's studies, still a relative newcomer to the field of humanities, is central to the appreciation of women's contribution to the arts, philosophy and literature. Bringing these women to life informs the audience of those contributions by utilizing monologues made up of the women's own words and representing the kernel of what they stood for and what their contributions were.
For example, Murasaki Shikibu, the 10th century author of The Tales of Genji, kept a nikki, or a journal, that has an air of such contemporaneousness one if forced to wonder how it could have been written a thousand years ago. Such wonder compels one to consider the issues of women in an historical context, rather than in the isolated phenomena of the last few decades. Audiences begin to see that "women's issues" are not concerned only with the role of gender, but are as expansive as life itself: Ursula K. LeGuin addresses the imagination, Rachel Carson is concerned with the environment, Inez de la Cruz is voraciously curious about the chemistry of the kitchen, Sojourner Truth speaks out not only for women's rights but those of all black people.
There is a great deal of humor in all the programs -- particularly with what has traditionally become the last portrait of most them - Mae West.
Sheroes is such great entertainment, you forget that you're learning something.