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Staged reading of Fossenvue at Women’s Rights National Historical Park

The Friends of Women’s Rights National Historical Park (NHP) along with Women’s Rights NHP are pleased to announce a staged reading of Fossenvue, a play written by Chris Woodworth. This performance will take place in the historic Wesleyan Chapel on Fall Street, April 30, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public.

For decades, Geneva suffragists Elizabeth Smith Miller, Anne Fitzhugh Miller, and others gathered at Fossenvue, a Seneca Lake summer retreat, for recreation and discussion of political and social reform. Playwright Chris Woodworth weaves together past and present, imagining the early days of Fossenvue and raising difficult questions about the legacies of race and suffrage activism today. Fossenvue will be narrated by playwright Chris Woodworth. Performers include: Samari Brown, Christina Roc, Joanne Saracino, Kathryn Snyder, and Eleanor Stearns. The production lasts 95-minutes, plus intermission.


Chris Woodworth is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Part theatre historian, part theatre practitioner, she describes herself as an artist-scholar. Her research primarily addresses intersections between labor, suffrage, reproductive politics, and performance.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Park on a program of local historical importance,” said Emily McCarter, President of the Friends of Women’s Rights National Historical Park. “Woodworth’s play invites us to examine issues of race and activism through a historical and contemporary lens.”

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For more information on Women’s Rights National Historical Park, please visit the park’s website or call 315-568-0024.

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