A Single Woman (play)

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A Single Woman
Written byJeanmarie Simpson
CharactersJeannette Rankin
Date premiered2004
Place premieredOats Park Art Center in Fallon, Nevada
Original languageEnglish
Jeanmarie Simpson as Rankin Off-Broadway in 2005

A Single Woman is a play based on the life of Jeannette Rankin, the first woman in the United States Congress. First drafted as a one-woman show by Nevada Shakespeare Company founding Artistic Director, Jeanmarie Simpson, it developed into a "duet performance work" by the time it premiered at the Oats Park Art Center in Fallon, Nevada on February 7, 2004.[1]

The play subsequently toured internationally with hundreds of grassroots including a 4-week run at The Culture Project Off-Broadway in the summer of 2005. The play closed at the Invisible Theatre in Tucson, Arizona on November 5, 2006.[2]


In addition to being a theatre artist, Simpson, the author and performer of the title role, is a peace activist. Many performances of the play have been fundraisers for individual branches and the national office of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), in addition to hundreds of other peace and justice organizations including United Methodist Church's Social Justice and Global Ministries, Jews for Peace, Planned Parenthood, American Civil Liberties Union, Veterans for Peace, American Friends Service Committee and many others. A Single Woman was also produced by the Tennessee Women's Theater Project as their inaugural production.[3]

Cameron Crain, who created the role of 'Everyman' in the play, also directed the production that toured the United States. Simpson directed the production in New York, initially with Claudia Schneider and Les Misérables veteran, Neal Mayer, in the roles. Midway through, Simpson stepped in and completed the run as Rankin.[4]

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  1. ^ McKinney, CJ. "Copper Area News Publishers Covering Eastern Pinal County Jeanmarie Simpson: 'Artivist' for Change, Part 2". Copper Area News Publishers. Retrieved 2013-12-08.
  2. ^ "Single Woman". Invisible Theatre. Retrieved 2013-12-08.
  3. ^ "A Single Woman". Tennessee Women's Theater Project. June 30 – July 3, 2005. Retrieved 2013-12-08.
  4. ^ Universal Access Productions (2011-05-26). "Civilization Needs Peace as Bread Needs Yeast - Jeannette Rankin, Back in the Kitchen". PRLog. Retrieved 2013-12-08.

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