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Samantha ‘Rastles’ the Woman Question – Rescheduled
August 26, 2020
This program is currently rescheduled for April 2021.
- Samantha ‘Rastles’ the Woman Question is a one-woman performance featuring Jane Curry as Samantha Smith Allen, the rustic philosopher of sound country stock whose ideas on various issues are grounded in an affection for common sense and faith in its applicability to problems. Through her typical, popular brand of 19th century horse sense American humor, she challenges the status quo of social norms regarding women’s issues and plants herself squarely on the side of sensible women’s rights.
- Samantha appears in period costume and introduces via anecdote the foils for her sage observations. She “rastles” with questions concerning history’s treatment of women, rights denied by the church, women’s powerlessness before the law, the need for women’s suffrage, social status, role assumptions, and more. After the monologue, audience members are invited to address questions to Samantha (but please don’t ask her to sing, cuz it nearly always sets the dogs in town to barkin’).
- Note: Samantha soars into eloquence at will depending on what strikes her fancy. However, it’s likely that she will episode about some of the following:
- Introducin’ myself and Josiah
- On the tuckerin’ nature of pedestals
- On the fragile nature of wimmen
- On bein’ a she-angel
- Betsey Bobbet
- On wimmen bein’ preachers
- On the wives of the prophets
- On cooin’, clingin’, and soothin’
- My visit with Horace Greeley
- On lookin’ to nature for women’s sphere
- Tacklin’ onto the Meetin’ House
- The Creation Searchin’ Society
- A wimmin’s rights lecturer
- A male Magdalene
- On masculine and feminine minds
- Our visit to the ostrich farm
- On Miss Flamm’s Ideal Goddess
- The Dorelsky Burpy family women
- On sculpting the figger of Liberty
- Rights of a yaller dog
- On winkin’ at men’s sins
- Betsey’s poetry
- On tombstones
“This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.”