This year’s fall musical production, Roads to Liberation: A Feminist Cabaret, is inspired by the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment: women’s right to vote. With this timely centenary as our inspiration, the cast chose speeches and songs from our country’s history that speak to struggle, empowerment and justice.
Students in the production researched figures from historical moments like the suffrage, Civil Rights and women’s liberation movements, as well as current struggles like #MeToo, Black Lives Matter and modern voting rights. The show features songs from hit musicals, including Wicked, Into the Woods, Hadestown, Mean Girls and Dear Evan Hansen. Songs from 15 different musicals interspersed with verbatim speeches from historical and contemporary figures will be performed by the cast.
We are all bound up together in one great bundle of humanity, and society cannot trample on the weakest of its members without receiving the curse in its own soul.
-Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, 1866
Years from now, our children will ask us: Where were you when the stakes were so high? And we will tell them, not just how we felt. We will tell them what we did.
-Kamala Harris, 2020
Note the new date!
Roads to Liberation: A Feminist Cabaret livestreams on YouTube Premiere on Friday, December 4, at 7 pm. The performance is free and you can see a trailer here. Link available soon.
Cast & Crew: Students at Urban School of San Francisco
Director: John Warren
Musical Director: Erin Neff
Assistant Music Director: Christopher Hewitt
Orchestrator: Rob Reich
Sound Engineer: Dan Feiszli