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Saturday, October 16, 2021

HAMILTON-GIBSON WOMEN'S PROJECT ANNOUNCES NAMES OF ACTRESSES CHOSEN TO PLAY REAL PENNSYLVANIA WOMEN IN MONOLOGUES BEING PERFORMED OCT. 29, 30 & 31 AND NOV. 5, 6 & 7

Jessie Thompson, producer of the 2021 Hamilton-Gibson Women’s Project "Woodpecker Lips" featuring monologues about real Pennsylvania women, contemporary or historical, has announced the names of the actresses chosen to play them. 

Each monologue was written by a local woman especially for this year’s production.

The women featured in the monologues and the actresses portraying them are: Yolie Canales of Wellsboro as Mary Jemison at age 69 in 1812, a woman born of Scotch-Irish descent who was adopted into a Seneca Nation of Indians family, and also as Mary Wells at age 51 in 1814 who founded Wellsboro with her husband; Anne Acker of Wellsboro as Marietta Butler Sears at age 48 in 1880, wife of George Washington Sears whose pen name was Nessmuk; Dawn McLelland of Mansfield as journalist Elizabeth Jane Cochran, better known by her pen name Nellie Bly, at age 22 in 1887; Nicole Wilson of Liberty as Queen Anne (last name unknown) who is in her mid 50s in the late 1800s and the proprietor of a “hotel” and rum bar in Slate Run; Nancy Laudermilch of Wellsboro as Mary Cassatt at age 73 in 1917, a painter and printmaker living in France; Nikki York of Mainesburg as Cornelia Bryce Pinchot at age 53 in 1934, a feminist, suffragist, social justice activist, and wife of the Governor of Pennsylvania; Casey Wood of Mansfield as Edna Goodwin at age 31 in 1950 who came to Wellsboro from South Carolina; Judith Sornberger of Wellsboro as Rachel Carson at age 57 in 1963, a marine biologist, author and conservationist; Lydia James of Millerton as Joan Marie Larkin, better known as Joan Jett, at age 13 in 1971 taking her first guitar lesson; Megan Gallant of Asaph as Alison Bechdel at age 22 in the mid 1980s in Beech Creek, Pa., on her way to becoming a well-known American cartoonist and graphic novelist; and Kathryn Sheneman of Rutland Township as Tabitha Ann Wilcox at age 82 in 1990, a wizened, white-haired old woman who has had an adventurous life.

The 2021 women's project will conclude with performances of the monologues at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 29 & 30 and Nov. 5 & 6 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays, Oct. 31 & Nov. 7. 

Tickets are $14 for adults and $6 for youth, 18 and under. Also available are FlexPasses for $60. No tickets will be sold at the door. Order tickets in advance at hgp.booktix.com or by calling the HG office at 570-724-2079 with credit card information.

Audience members are asked to wear masks.

For more information, call the Hamilton-Gibson Productions office at 570-724-2079 or email hamgib@gmail.com

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