By Sammi Cannold and Emily Maltby, with music by Ari Afsar
New York City

Based on Allegory and The American Woman: Six Periods of American Life written and directed by Hazel MacKaye.

For the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, writer/directors Sammi Cannold and Emily Maltby, along with composer/arranger Ari Afsar, recreate and reimagine Allegory, a women’s suffrage pageant originally performed in 1913 on the steps of the U.S. Treasury Building. Performed in 2019 by San Diego area community members outside the Women’s Museum of California, Allegory will commemorate and carry on the legacy of those who mastered the art of spectacle as both a form of protest and a form of entertainment.

Sammi Cannold

is a director who is one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in Hollywood & Entertainment, class of 2019. This fall, she will be directing a new production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita at New York City Center. This past winter, she directed the world premiere of Celine Song’s Endlings at the American Repertory Theater after having developed it at Playwrights Realm and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Other recent credits include Ragtime on Ellis Island and Violet on a moving bus also at the A.R.T. Recent associate credits include the Broadway production of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (dir. Rachel Chavkin). Cannold has also served as an Artistic Fellow at the A.R.T., a member of Cirque du Soleil’s Creative Cognoscenti, and a Sundance Institute Fellow. B.A., Stanford University (’15) and M.A., Harvard University (’16).

Emily Maltby

is a director, choreographer, and writer. Upcoming with Sammi Cannold: Evita at New York City Center. Most recently she directed a reimagining of Lerner and Barry’s Lolita, My Love at the York Theatre Company as well as a new production of Fiddler on the Roof in Singapore. She served as a dramaturg for NYMF for three years, as well as the associate director and associate choreographer of Michael John LaChiusa’s First Daughter Suite at The Public Theater and the script supervisor for the development and Broadway production of Anastasia. Maltby holds a B.A. from Northwestern University.

Ari Afsar

is a singer/songwriter with placements on ABC, Disney and an On-Demand feature. A graduate of Ethnomusicology Jazz from UCLA, Afsar just released her debut EP, Somewhere I Thought I’d Be. She recently opened for Michelle Obama at the Shrine Auditorium, performed at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and opened for the ACLU national conference in D.C. She was the original Eliza in Chicago’s production of Hamilton, Miss California 2010, top 10 at Miss America 2011, a top 36 American Idol Alum, and currently stars in a SXSW award-winning series. She has been an advocate/performer/public speaker for The Women’s March, The Social Innovation Summit, Nexus Global, The University of Chicago, The MoveOn rally on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, and The United State of Women. @ariannaafsar

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SAT: 3:30 pm
SUN: 3:30 pm

Approx. Run Time

1 hour


Show Imaging Festival Stage, North Promenade

ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station – MAP


Patron Notes

All ages.
Viewing area is on a lawn. Personal chairs and blankets encouraged.

Free events are open entry.