Actor and Scholar
Women's Rights Pioneer
Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony, The Invincible!|
A One Woman Show for College and Adult Audiences
"People need to know about this woman who fought for abolition, women's rights, and women's suffrage. Anthony's influence still resonates in our society; women and minorities continue to fight for equity." --Sally Matson--
In Susan B. Anthony, The Invincible! Miss Anthony's life is revealed decade by decade, paralleling social developments and major movements in the United States. Miss Anthony endured being caricatured, criticized, even threatened, because she believed in equal rights for all, a cause to which she devoted her life. Giving audiences the opportunity to learn from and speak with someone so completely immersed in the 19th century makes all the difference! Consequently, after her performance, Mrs. Matson is delighted to engage in dialogue with the audiences either from the stage or informally at a reception.
Susan B. Anthony, The Invincible! easily links to event calendars. Almost any month of the year is a good time to invite Sally Matson to perform! Women's Equality Day, enacted in 1971, is celebrated on August 26th. September marks the signing of the U.S. Constitution and the ratification of the Bill of Rights. November is voting month. February 15th is Susan Brownell Anthony's birthday; March is Women's History Month. Equal Pay Day takes place in April and Miss Anthony's trial for illegally voting in a presidential election occurred on June17-18, 1873.
Being a historical impersonator is a constant challenge, Sally Matson believes, and her research is ongoing. For business organizations and corporations, Miss Anthony's story parallels many issues in the news today. Susan B. Anthony worked diligently for abolition as an agent for the New York State Anti-Slavery Society. Later she concentrated on equal rights for women—in education, in the workplace, in marriage, and especially in the voting booth. What would be her opinion on the progress that has been made?
"...Your ability to capture the sweep of time, the lowly status of women, the long struggle for woman suffrage, and the indomitable character of Susan B. impressed all...your performance helped us reflect upon the sincere debt of gratitude we owe Susan B. Anthony, her colleagues and their 'successors'..."
"I admire a woman like Miss Anthony who had to stand up to a lot of criticism. That is a very fearful thing."
"What a splendid performance. You captured so well the courage, determination and personality of this woman who gave all Americans so much."
"My wife and I would like to thank you for the wonderful presentation of your talk enacting Susan B. Anthony last Friday (10-3-08) in Concord. Having gone to Oberlin and the University of Rochester we really knew quite a bit about her and you considerably expanded our knowledge. Your presentation was a pleasure to see and hear. Thank you."
"You are the personification of her spirit. Your dress, your manner, your humor, your research, your obvious mission to spread hers, and your professional delivery all come together for a truly great performance."
"My dear Ms. Matson: Earlier this afternoon I was fortunate enough to witness your presentation of Susan B. Anthony at the Pollard Library in Lowell. I have attended other performances of a similar nature but your enactment left me speechless and that is putting it mildly. You were magnificent! It could have been a result of the environment? NO! It could have been the result of the subject matter? No! It was the result of an exceptional communication with the audience. It was a four star performance for which I thank you most sincerely."
Sally Matson is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Communication. She studied writing at the University of Virginia and Manhattanville College. Sally is an accomplished actress and a woman of integrity. She is a member of the American Association of University Women and the National Women's History Museum. In an age of celebrity culture, Susan B. Anthony and Sally Matson inspire and inform with a vision of substance.
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