If She Stood

Photo courtesy of the Library Company of Philadelphia

Fri.-Sun., April 26-28 and May 3-5, 2013 | 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, 3pm Sunday
(There is NO LATE SEATING. Please arrive on time.)
Ain Gordon’s If She Stood
$25 in advance/$30 day of show | Members: $18.75/$22.50
There will be a special post-show discussion after the Sunday, April 28th performance:  “Our City, Race, Religion and Education in 19th Century Philadelphia,” featuring  playwright Ain Gordon, Philadelphia-based artist Nadine Patterson, Vanessa Julye, Nurturing Ministries Coordinator at the Friends General Conference and Christopher Densmore from The Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College.


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Meet Philadelphia’s first multiracial collective of female reformers at the moment they chose to move. If She Stood is an immersive theatrical experience in which the Bride’s performance space is transformed into a 19th century Quaker meeting – the time and place that gave birth to the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society. Audiences step into the minds of Sarah Mapps Douglass, Sarah Grimke, Angelina Weld Grimké, and Sarah Pugh, who collectively stood to abolish slavery, literally invent the women’s rights movement and right a host of societal wrongs.  If She Stood reveals the conversation and the influential deeds of these largely-overlooked heroines and petitions us all to revisit the way we view our city’s rich history.  Audiences discover their courageous work which framed the social discourse and struggles that helped shape Philadelphia and the nation as a whole – their story continues to have significant relevance to social conversations we are having today about social equality.

Commissioned by the Painted Bride Art Center, written and directed by Ain Gordon in collaboration with Nadine Patterson, If She Stood will muse on women of 19th century Philadelphia who decided to take a stand.

Ain Gordon’s If She Stood has been supported by The Pew Center for the Arts & Heritage and is made possible in part by support from the National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency Program. For more information: www.npnweb.org.

A part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts 2013