February 13, 2018  

The musical We Did It For You! arrives in New Bedford March 15

How American women got their rights – told by the women who were there

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – The buoyant musical We Did It For You! Women's Journey Through History tells the story of how women got their rights in America, told by the women who were there. We Did it For You! comes to the Cook Memorial Theater at the New Bedford Whaling Museum on Thursday, March 15, 6 pm. Written by Thea Iberall, the play takes audiences on a quick tour through the past, starting with the struggle women had in the 17th century Puritan Revolution through to empowered 21st century female politicians. Presented in New Bedford in partnership with the New Bedford Lyceum, the performance will be followed by a panel discussion. Tickets cost $10 for Whaling Museum members and $15 for non-members and can be purchased at www.whalingmuseum.org

Playwright Iberall constructed the play around specific anecdotes, augmenting stories about well-known feminists such as Susan B. Anthony and Betty Friedan with tales that highlight lesser-known activists and early influences on the women's movement such as the Puritan Revolution and the civil war-era Abolitionist Movement.  It's not what the women did, but the how and why. "The result is like peering at history through a magnifying glass," Iberall said.

First produced by the Women's Journey Conference in Costa Mesa, California in 2010, We Did It For You! has been showcased at conventions, organizations, schools, colleges, women’s organizations, museums, and other venues throughout California and in many states since then. In 2017 a New England cast began performing the play in East Coast venues. For more information about the March 15 performance visit www.whalingmuseum.org. For information about the New Bedford Lyceum visit http://nblyceum.org/.


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours: January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is: Free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $17, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information, visit www.whalingmuseum.org.


Media contact/High Resolution Images:  
Tina Malott
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
New Bedford Whaling Museum


women singing and in costume

Mary Young Pickersgill (Nyanna Tobin) and Anne Hutchinson (De Springer) singing about women's rights, August 2017. Photo courtesy We Did It For You!.