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Dangerous Women

Library of Congress
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

To commemorate the anniversary of the 19th amendment to the constitution, WYSO 91.3 FM and the Living History Theatre presents an original radio drama, "Dangerous Women." This original work by Yellow Springs playwright Kay Reimers, concerns the beginning and end of the nearly century long struggle to give women the right to vote.

The play begins in 1920, during a special election held by the Tennessee state legislature to ratify the 19th amendment. In the tense hours leading up to the vote, as Reimers tells the story, the spirit of the first suffragette, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, reflects on the events of her life and struggle, which led to the first formal demand for women's suffrage in 1848 at Seneca Falls, New York. Giving women the right to vote was considered a threat to the established order and women were considered "dangerous" even to suggest it.

"Dangerous Women" commemorates the 90th anniversary of the amendment's passage, but in Tennessee, the amendment allowing women the right to vote nearly did not pass.

Credit Kay Reimers
WYSO's Jerry Kenney (Left) stands by while actors perform scene from Dangerous Women.

Producer and writer for Living History Theatre, Kay Reimers was looking to write a historical drama that would highlight the story of women. She almost skipped over the suffrage movement. "It seemed a dull subject filled with marches and meetings. Further research made me see the human side to these women who look so stiff and formal in the old photographs."

The mission of the Living History Theatre is to create dramas that take psychological and sociological approaches to history rather than a straight forward retelling of events. LHT uses artistic expression to illuminate modern experience by finding echoes of that experience in the past. The Living History Theatre brings Miami Valley artists together to create original dramas.

"Dangerous Women" was Directed by Dan Davis, and produced by Jerry Kenney of WYSO. Lead actors include Miriam Eckenrode as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Howard Shook as Henry Stanton, Doug Hinkley as Judge Cady and Marcia Nowak as Susan B Anthony. Other actors include Troy Lindsey, Jason Sine, Gary Reimers, Sarah Strong, Flo Lorenz, Elizabeth Lutz and Rob Campbell. 

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.