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Book, Music, and Lyrics by Shaina Taub Choreography by Raja Feather Kelly Directed by Leigh Silverman
Ensemble Cast Includes Jenna Bainbridge, Ally Bonino, Tsilala Brock, Jenn Colella, Hannah Cruz, Nadia Dandashi, Aisha de Haas, Stephanie Everett, Amina Faye, Holly Gould, Cassondra James, Nikki M. James, Jaygee Macapugay, Grace McLean, Susan Oliveras, Mia Pak, Monica Tulia Ramirez, J. Riley Jr., Phillipa Soo, Shaina Taub, Angela Travino, and Ada Westfall
Performances Begin Thursday, March 10 and Run Through Sunday, April 24; Official Press Opening on Wednesday, April 6
The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) announced casting today for the World Premiere of SUFFS, a new musical with book, music, and lyrics by Public Theater Artist-in-Residence Shaina Taub, choreography by Obie Award winner Raja Feather Kelly, and direction by Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman. SUFFS will begin performances in the Newman Theater with a Joseph Papp Free Performance on Thursday, March 10 and run through Sunday, April 24, with an official press opening on Wednesday, April 6.
The ensemble cast of SUFFS will feature Jenna Bainbridge (Harry T. Burn/Ensemble), Ally Bonino (Lucy Burns), Tsilala Brock (Dudley Malone), Jenn Colella (Carrie Catt), Hannah Cruz (Ruza Wenclawska), Nadia Dandashi (Doris Stevens), Aisha de Haas (Alva Belmont/Phoebe Burn), Stephanie Everett (Understudy), Amina Faye (Robin/Ensemble), Holly Gould (Alice Paul Standby), Cassondra James (Mary Church Terrell), Nikki M. James (Ida B. Wells), Jaygee Macapugay (Mollie Hay/Ensemble), Grace McLean (Woodrow Wilson), Susan Oliveras (Nina Otero-Warren/Ensemble), Mia Pak (Mrs. Wu/Ensemble), Monica Tulia Ramirez (Understudy), J. Riley Jr (Phyllis Terrell/Ensemble), Phillipa Soo (Inez Milholland), Shaina Taub (Alice Paul), Angela Travino (Understudy), and Ada Westfall (Mrs. Herndon/Ensemble). Complete casting will be announced at a later date.
A musical event one hundred years in the making, SUFFS brings to life a complicated chapter in the ongoing battle for the right to vote: the American women’s suffrage movement. Written by and featuring one of the most exciting new voices in theater, Shaina Taub, this epic new musical takes an unflinching look at these unsung trailblazers. In the seven years leading up to the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, an impassioned group of suffragists—“Suffs” as they called themselves—took to the streets, pioneering protest tactics that transformed the country. They risked their lives as they clashed with the president, the public, and each other. A thrilling story of brilliant, flawed women working against and across generational, racial, and class divides, SUFFS boldly explores the victories and failures of a fight for equality that is still far from over.
SUFFS will feature scenic design by Mimi Lien, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Sun Hee Kil, orchestrations by Mike Brun, and music direction and supervision by Andrea Grody. In addition to choreographer, Raja Feather Kelly will be creative consultant, Ayanna Thompson will be dramaturg, Melanie J. Lisby will serve as production stage manager, and Jessie Moore will serve as stage manager.
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SHAINA TAUB (Book, Music, and Lyrics) is an Emmy and Drama Desk-nominated songwriter and performer. She is a winner of the Kleban Prize, the Fred Ebb Award, and the Jonathan Larson Grant. She is a signed artist with Atlantic Records, and an artist-in residence at The Public Theater, where she has a regular concert residency at Joe’s Pub. She’s currently writing lyrics for the upcoming Broadway musical The Devil Wears Prada, with music by Sir Elton John. She created and starred in musical adaptations of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and As You Like It that were commissioned and produced by The Public Theater at The Delacorte in Central Park as part of their groundbreaking community-based program, Public Works. Those adaptations have now been produced in London, Seattle, Dallas, and beyond.
RAJA FEATHER KELLY (Choreographer & Creative Consultant) is a choreographer, a director, and the artistic director of the feath3r theory. In 2020, he was an Obie Award winner and Outer Critics Circle Award honoree for choreography for the Pulitzer winning musical A Strange Loop. In 2019, he was an SDCF Joe A. Callaway Award finalist for both A Strange Loop and the Pulitzer-winning play Fairview. He is a threetime Princess Grace Award winner (2017, 2018, 2019) and two-time Lucille Lortel Award nominee (2019, 2020). Kelly was also the 2019–2020 Randjelović/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist at New York Live Arts, an inaugural Jerome Hill Artist Fellow, a 2019 Creative Capital award recipient, and a resident artist of HERE and Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU.
LEIGH SILVERMAN (Director). Broadway credits include Grand Horizons (2ST; Williamstown Theater Festival), The Lifespan of a Fact (Studio 54), Violet (Roundabout; Tony nomination), Chinglish (Goodman Theatre; Longacre), Well (Public Theater; ACT; Longacre). Other Public Theater productions include Soft Power (co-production with Ahmanson Theater/Curran Theater; Drama Desk nom), Wild Goose Dreams (co-production with La Jolla Playhouse), The Outer Space, No Place To Go, In the Wake (co-production with BRT and CTG), and Yellow Face. Recent Off-Broadway credits include Harry Clarke (Vineyard Theatre/Audible, Minetta Lane; Lortel nom), Tumacho (Clubbed Thumb), Hurricane Diane (New York Theatre Workshop; Two River Theater), Sweet Charity (New Group), and On The Exhale (Roundabout). Encores! productions include Bring Me to Light, Violet, The Wild Party, and Really Rosie. 2011 Obie Award and 2019 Obie for Sustained Excellence. Upcoming productions include The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (The Shed).
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Additional support for SUFFS provided by the Edgerton Foundation and the Laurents / Hatcher Foundation.
The World Premiere of SUFFS will begin performances in The Public’s Newman Theater with a Joseph Papp Free Performance on Thursday, March 10 and run through Sunday, April 24, with an official press opening on Wednesday, April 6.
Public Theater Partner and Supporter Plus tickets are available now and can be accessed by visiting publictheater.org, calling 212.967.7555, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street. Supporter tickets will be available on Thursday, November 18 and full-price single tickets will be available on Wednesday, December 1.
The Public’s Joseph Papp Free Performance initiative will continue with free tickets to the performance on Thursday, March 10 available via Goldstar lottery.
The performance schedule is Tuesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (There is no 1:30 p.m. performance on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13.)
The Open Captioned performance will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. The Audio Described performance will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. The American Sign Language Interpreted performance will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21.
The full performance calendar and complete ticket distribution details can be found at publictheater.org.
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