Drawing on diaries, letters, publications and biographies, actor/writer Amy Simon’s one-woman show, She’s History!, tells the stories of women in history. Simon brings to life Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Bella Abzug, among others, employing humor and pathos in equal measure.
Simon said it was her own experience as a mother that brought her to the project.
“My daughters were ten and fourteen (at the time),” she said. “I had spent a lot of time at my girls’ school, noticing in the hallways and classrooms the pictures and posters and wallpaper border. The alphabet and numbers for the early years. And then later – presidents, heroes, scientists, inventors, movers and shakers, champions – mostly men. The same was true in their history books.”
Simon, already a seasoned writer/performer, decided to teach her daughters—and people everywhere—about important women in history through theater. She debuted her show at The Skirball Center in 2009 and has since performed it throughout the country. More than a monologue, She’s History! includes a multimedia presentation and audience interaction, and moves through time, from the 18th century to the present.
“March is Women’s History Month, and we wanted to take the opportunity during March to engage our museum-goers with some of history’s unsung heroes,” said Alison Bruesehoff, RLC Executive Director.
She’s History! will be in Long Beach for one night only: Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. Simon’s 70-minute performance in Rancho Los Cerritos’ sunporch will be followed by a Q&A session. Tickets are $35 per person ($25 for youth/students) and can be purchased at rancholoscerritos.org/sheshistory.
About Rancho Los Cerritos
Rancho Los Cerritos is an historic home in Long Beach, Calif. Built in 1844, the adobe home and grounds of Rancho Los Cerritos echo with the rich history of Spanish, Mexican, and American California and with the families who helped transform Southern California from its ranching beginnings to a modern, urban society. The two-story Monterey-style adobe is primarily furnished to reflect occupants and lifestyles from the 1860s-1880s. The site, a National, State and Long Beach Historic Landmark, also includes historic gardens and a research library and archives. It is operated by the Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation in a public/private partnership with the City of Long Beach. For more information, call (562) 206-2040, visit www.rancholoscerritos.org, and follow the Rancho on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About Rancho Los Cerritos’s Opening Doors Campaign
Rancho Los Cerritos recently embarked on a 3-year campaign to restore previously unseen rooms of the historic adobe and open doors to a dynamic learning experience for generations to come. Through the Opening Doors campaign, Rancho Los Cerritos will complete Phase Two of its Master Plan, which will nearly double access to the Rancho and transform the experience for visitors into true “living history.” For more information about the campaign and to see restoration plans, visit rancholoscerritos.org/openingdoors.
This article was released by Rancho Los Cerritos.