Hear Me War

Hear Me War

Book, Music and Lyrics by Sarah Galante and Jaime Jarrett

Directed by Elaina Di Monaco

Produced through PWTF’s Women’s Playwriting Collective Program

Hear Me War explores the current dysfunctional political climate as it follows a group of feminists who fear for their lives during an unstable time.  These feminists, vulnerable yet strong, come together and march on foot to Washington, D.C. to fight the arduous battle of dismantling the patriarchy.  Hear Me War is a battle cry and stands up for all people on the never-ending push for equality.

Sarah Galante (Book/Music/Lyrics/Performer) is a Brooklyn-based playwright, songwriter, essayist and (occasional) performer. She is currently a staff-writer for NastyWomenWrite.com, and has recently completed a year-long apprenticeship with The Playwrights Center where she workshopped her play, I Know the Way Home. She has her BFA from the University of the Arts where she majored in Theater Arts with a concentration in Playwriting, and minored in Creative Writing. While living in Philadelphia, Sarah collaborated with Simpatico Theater Co, PlayPenn, The Foundry: An Emerging Playwrights Lab, The Berserker Residents, and Philadelphia Young Playwrights. Hear Me War would not be possible without Cecilia Galante or César Alvarez. This performance is for you.

Jaime Jarrett (Music Director/Additional Music and Orchestrations) is a composer/playwright and maker of queer and feminist theatre. Most recently, his musical Normativity was developed in the Polyphone Festival at The University of the Arts. Jaime is the recipient of New York Musical Festival’s Outstanding Emerging Artist Award as well as the Ira Brind School of Theatre Arts’ Excellence in Playwriting Award. Other writing credits include: Wonder Boi, Aubade, and Hearts, Brains, and Other Organs. Music Direction credits include: The Elementary Spacetime Show (Associate MD), Retrograde (Co-MD), and Sometimes in Prague (Associate MD). Much love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Dylan, and Petra for actively becoming better allies and feminists (and making me a better ally and feminist) every day.

Elaina Di Monaco (Director) is a proud PlayPenn dramaturg and has most recently worked with Orbiter 3, PearlDamour, Headlong Dance Theater, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, 11th Hour Theatre, Philly Plays @ The Drake, Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival, Inis Nua Theatre, School Play PA, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Lantern Theater, Boulder Fringe, & The University of the Arts. She holds a BFA in Directing, Playwriting & Production from the University of the Arts. Elaina is also the co-founder of ON THE ROCKS, a Philadelphia writers group and Reject Theatre Project, an emerging artist collective. Elaina is also a recent addition to the staff of The Bearded Ladies.

Emily Wanamaker (Stage Manager) is a rising junior Directing, Playwriting, and Production major at the University of the Arts. Past stage management credits include Mr. Marmalade and Domestic Rubatosis: Lucid Dreams at the University of the Arts, Better Than Abnormal at Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and Amadeus at Pendragon Theatre Co. Past dramaturgy credits include The Real Whisper and The Summer in Gossensass at the University of the Arts and Amadeus at the Pendragon Theatre Company. For Rosie. Special thanks to my family, Nick, and the cast and crew. Upcoming: Dramaturg, The Bourgeois Gentleman at the University of the Arts and Literary Manager, Equinox New Play Festival 2018 at the University of the Arts.

Meet the Cast

Sydney Banks is a current student at the University of the Arts in Center City Philadelphia. Since her freshman year at UArts, she has featured in the Polyphone Festivals showcased productions such as Sometimes in Prague (Ensemble) and The Real Whisper (Trudy). Her favorite past roles include Hairspray (Motormouth Maybelle) as well her her film debut in Toobie (Hope). Special thanks to her family and Rashad for always supporting and to the cast, crew and PWTF for this opportunity!

 

Brittany Wit Martin is absolutely stoked to be a part of this beautiful army! She’s a graduate from the University of the Arts and has worked with the Walnut Street Theater and 11th Hour Theatre Company. For you, mama. Much love and light.

 

Ariana Sepúlveda is a Philly based actor/singer. Stoked to be a part of this production after participating in the reading last May. Next up she’ll be heading to Chicago to play Hope in Still Dance The Stars at Chicago Dramatists. Muchas gracias to all involved and congratulations to Sarah! You wrote a musical! How cool is that?!

 

Amanda Jill Robinson is a Philadelphia based actor, singer and musician. She has worked regionally as a performer and musician/composer/arranger at Theater at Monmouth; Walnut Street Theatre; Act II Playhouse (Man of La Mancha, Barrymore Nomination- Outstanding Musical Ensemble); The Greenfield Collective; Delaware Shakespeare Festival; and Revolution Shakespeare. She is an artistic associate at Nightcap Cabaret and is co-creator/writer of the comedy duo, Ruth & Estelle. She holds a BA in Theatre Performance from Susquehanna University. For Em. Up next: Peter and the Starcatcher with Theater at Monmouth, and the world premiere of John Guare’s Lydie Breeze Trilogy with EgoPo Classic Theater.