A Commission for a new musical from River & Rail
Our friends at River & Rail Theatre Co. in Knoxville have commissioned a new musical from Don Chaffer, Lori Chaffer, and Chris Cragin-Day, with an eye on a full production in 2020 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment-the amendment which granted women the right to vote. The 19th Amendment passed in Tennessee, with the deciding vote coming from one Harry T. Burn, a 23-year-old state legislator, the youngest in Tennessee's history. He had planned to vote ‘no’ to honor what he thought were his constituents' wishes. But then—sitting on the floor of the legislature—he found an unopened letter in his pocket from his mother. He opened it, read it, and changed his vote. The amendment passed, and women got the right to vote. Amazing. It's the story of this remarkable mother, Febb Burn, her son, and American women getting the right to vote.