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County Library To Host Anti-Suffrage Satire


Last updated 9/6/2021 at 10:21am

Michéle LaRue brings her one-woman show to the library on Sept. 14.

Just over 100 years ago, American women won the vote after a 72-year battle. Today, amid celebrations honoring that hard-fought victory, it's astonishing – and fun – to look back at women's arguments against voting. At 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14, Michèle LaRue will present "Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire," which does just that. The free performance will be held in the Rogow Room at the Transylvania County Library and is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Pro-Suffragist Marie Jenney Howe wrote "Someone Must Wash the Dishes" in 1912. Titled "An Anti-Suffrage Monologue," it was published in 1913, by the National American Woman Suffrage Assoc-iation (precursor of the League of Women Voters). This production was directed by Warren Kliewer for New Jersey's The East Lynne Company and premiered in March 1994 at New York City's fourth-annual "Womenkind Festival." LaRue has presented the production in 18 states, with venues ranging from the Smithsonian in D.C. to New York's Mohonk Mountain House, as well as libraries, universities and colleges, museums and historical societies, women's clubs, theatre companies, corp-orations and conferences.

LaRue notes, "The character is charming, obsessed, oblivious – stylish in wardrobe, but muddled in debate. What her husband tells her goes in one ear and out her mouth."

Reviewers have called this production "a rare treat," "wicked" in its wit and have labeled Michèle LaRue's performance "side-splitting."

An Illinois native, now based in New York, LaRue is a member of Actors' Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, who tours nationally with a repertoire of shows by Gilded Age and Progressive Era American writers. As a writer and editor, she has collaborated on several notable theatre books. For more information, visit


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