MYSTIC — To honor Women’s History Month, Emerson Theater Collaborative, now in its 11th season will stage a production featuring excerpts from two one-woman shows.
"The Woodhull Project," written and performed by Emma Palzere-Rae and directed by Albert Cremin, tells of the the life of Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for President of the United States, back in the 1800s.
"Golda’s Balcony," written by William Gibson and performed by Sandra Laub, tells the life story of Golda Meir as she progresses from Russian immigrant to American school teacher to a leader of international politics as the fourth Prime Minister of Israel.
Laub, a Pawcatuck resident, has performed as Golda Meir for a variety of audiences since 2013. She performed "Golda’s Balcony" for Ed Shea's now-closed 2nd Story Theater in Bristol, at The Contemporary Theater in Wakefield, and in synagogues, community centers, and high schools around the country. Laub trained at American Conservatory Theater, and is a veteran of regional theater, as well as Off Broadway. She teaches English, creative writing, and drama at Chariho High School.
Palzere-Rae has appeared in regional, stock and off-Broadway theater, as well as in film, television and radio. She first became interested in Victoria Woodhull when she was researching Harriet Beecher Stowe for her play “Aunt Hattie’s House”, which she has toured since 2000. She founded Be Well Productions in 1989, touring several critically acclaimed one-woman plays on characters as diverse as Emily Dickinson and Gilda Radner. In 1990, she banded together with other female solo artists to create New York City’s Womenkind Festival. A graduate of Emerson College, Palzere-Rae is an active member of Actor’s Equity, SAG-AFTRA and the Dramatists Guild. Currently, she serves as the Ignite Program Manager for Thames River Innovation Partners.
Following the show, a panel of female political leaders from Southeastern Connecticut will discuss women in politics.
— Nancy Burns-Fusaro