Leagues of Women Voters, Fairfield Museum present suffragist satire


Actress Michele Larue performs a scene from ‘Someone Must Wash the Dishes,’ coming to the Fairfield Museum on March 3. (Ken Smith photo)

Four area Leagues of Women Voters and the Fairfield Museum and History Center join together to celebrate Women’s History Month with Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire, with actress Michele Larue as the quintessential early 20th-century anti-suffragist, at the museum on Sunday, March 3, at 3 p.m.

A reception with refreshments and Q&A follows the 45-minute performance. Admission is $15 per person. Tickets are available from the Fairfield Museum and at fairfieldhistory.org.

Created by pro-suffrage Marie Jenney Howe eight years before women won the vote in 1920, Howe’s fictional character is a charming, guileless enthusiast who sincerely believes her efforts as a “womanly woman” will keep the home intact — and rescue the nation from anarchy. Performed exclusively by Larue, Howe’s unlikely but irresistibly likable heroine, dressed in flowered haute couture circa 1912, beguilingly greets her audience and launches her campaign — against the vote.

This production was directed by Warren Kliewer, founder and producing artistic director of The East Lynne Company, formed to revive late 19th- and early 20th-century American works.

For more information, visit fairfieldhistory.org or call 203-259-1598.

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