Welcome to the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in America. We celebrate with a production of a new play by Richard Mann, based on the book, The Woman's Hour, by Elaine Weiss.

In August 1920, the final battle for the ratification of the 19th amendment, a woman’s right to vote, was staged in Nashville, Tennessee. It was waged among 3 polar suffrage factions each represented by a different colored rose. Can a rose in a lapel have enough weight in this unique moment of history to tip the scales against a lifetime of gender discrimination?These women and their advocates are determined to find out “whenever possible by whatever wiles.”

Reviews for War of the Roses 

“A remarkable, compelling, and dramatic re-creation of a pivotal moment in U.S. history – when women won the right to vote. The audience is quickly immersed into a hot August weekend in 1920 in Nashville, where characters reenact that fateful, important weekend.”

“Richard Mann’s sharp and clever dialogue, and the richly imagined production, capture the suffragists’ battle.”

“"A fun and marvelous portrayal of women’s strength and determination.”

— Board League of Women Voters of New Castle, LWV, New York State  


Available for virtual or in-person presentations
Caroline Ryburn