Actress/(her)storian AMY SIMON discusses the next edition of She’s History—dramatic portraits of women who have influenced the flow of civilization in the U.S. and around the world—performing Oct 18 at The Lounge Theatre in Hollywood.
“I developed this show in 2010. It has grown to the point where I am no longer adding new personalities, but I do tweak it based on what is currently happening in the world. For instance, this weekend I will be spotlighting Malala Yousafzai and Emmeline Pankhurst, two women whom I have been talking about for years. Well, they are even more relevant now. This last weekend, the documentary, He Named Me Malala, premiered here in LA. I am also going to focus on Pankhurst, who was the trailblazer of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in England. The movie, Suffragette, starring Meryl Streep as Pankhurst, is set to premiere on October 23. Streep also played Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. Most people don’t know that she donated a million dollars of her Iron Lady salary to help build the Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C. So, I will tweak my show to bring up these things that are relevant today. The premise of the show is that a mother is trying to educate her daughters about role models. This came about when my daughter thought she could do her women’s history report on Cher. During the course of the show, I become many of the people that are being profiled. There are about 40 women that I spotlight, but I don’t actually become all of them. I also utilize narrative, pictures and videos. Since it is a solo piece and I get to talk directly to the audience, it is really easy to get information across. I can cover two centuries in two minutes.”
Julio Martinez-hosted Arts in Review—celebrating the best in theater and cabaret in the Greater Los Angeles area—airs Fridays (2-2:30pm) on KPFK (90.7FM).