Shirley Chisholm: “Unbossed & Unbowed,” a One-Woman Show
Event Date and Time: June 10, 2023 8:00 pm
Location: 20 Puffin Way Teaneck, NJ
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Unbossed and Unbowed is the largely unheard story of Shirley St. Hill Chisholm, a Brooklyn-born politician of immigrant parents, and the first African-American woman to win a seat in the U.S. Congress as well as to run for the Presidency of the United States. Bringing this story to life on stage is actor and writer Ingrid Griffith. Winner of the “Outstanding Playwriting That Inspires Social Change” Award at the Caribbean American Women’s Theater Festival, Ingrid Griffith has been in off-broadway theatrical productions and performs one woman shows that “tell stories about the immigrant experience, about being an outsider and daring to be one’s self… and stories that promote and celebrate girls and women’s empowerment.”
The story journeys back to 10-year old Shirley returning to the U.S. after being separated from her parents during the Great Depression. We see how the years living with her grandmother in Barbados manifested and reinforced Shirley’s Caribbean heritage in her bearing, speech pattern and expectations of herself.
Shirley Chisholm’s childhood also shows how race and gender were intended to determine how far she would go in life, why as a young woman she chose to fight for the disenfranchised, and what it took for her to rise.
Unbossed & Unbowed dramatizes the Civil Rights era, the unrest of the 1960s, the patriarchal system and the all-boys network Shirley Chisholm was up against, many themes we still see in the politics of today. Visuals and music establish the tenor of the times and create mental images of the economic, political and social upheavals in America from the 1930s to the early 1970s. The characters in Unbossed & Unbowed all have strong voices and valid points-of-view. But it’s Shirley Chisholm’s narrative that delivers the story’s message.
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