Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire

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Michele LaRue will portray a fictional speaker in this witty, satiric monologue

Michele LaRue in “Someone Must Wash the Dishes”

PARSIPPANY — Accredited actress Michele LaRue, in period costume, will portray a fictional speaker in this witty, satiric monologue written by pro-suffragist Marie Jenny Howe in 1912 on Thursday, April 13, 7:30 p.m., at the Bethel in Trinity Park, Mount Tabor. 

Many women fought against the vote in the early 1900s, but none with more charm, prettier clothes, and less logic, than the fictional speaker. “Women suffrage is the reform against nature”, declares Howe’s unlikely, but irresistibly likable heroine.  Reviewers have called this production “wicked” in its wit, and have labeled Michele LaRue’s performance “side-splitting.” LaRue is a professional actress who tours nationally with a repertoire of shows by turn-of-the-previous-century American writers. The production is directed by Warren Kliewer for New Jersey’s The East Lynne Co., which he founded in 1980 to revive American plays and literature of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Park at the post office at 26 Simpson Avenue, Mount Tabor and walk up the pedestrian path to the Bethel. For information call (973) 625-8548. Invite your friends and neighbors for this treat provided by funding from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. This program is co-sponsored by the Mount Tabor Historical Society and Mt. Tabor branch of the Parsippany Library.

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