“Save the Country” by Allyson Adams

JrCapitol My new play “Save the Country” is about First U.S. Congresswoman and Montanan, Jeannette Rankin. This marks my fifth work on Rankin’s life, and coincides with the 100 Year Anniversary of Rankin’s election to Congress in 1916. “Save the Country” will have its first staged reading at the Bozeman Library on November 1, 2016 at 6pm. Bozeman Public Library 626 E. Main St. Bozeman, MT 59715. Phone: (406) 582-2400

My passion for Rankin ignited in 1997 when I moved back to Virginia City and discovered her biography “Flight of the Dove” by Kevin Giles. With a Montana PBS docudrama and a decade of one-woman shows under my belt, I am a Jeannette Rankin messenger for “Peace is a Woman’s Job.”

Whereas, my previous works focused on six decades of Rankin’s life, “Save the Country” is a emotional triangle during the three year period between Montana’s Suffrage victory and Rankin’s first No vote. The play delves into the relationship between Jeannette and her remarkable campaign manager, Belle Fligelman. “the woman behind the woman,” and Wellington, Jeannette’s Harvard educated brother and financier.

Within the span of three years, Jeannette led and won the fight for Montana Suffrage, immersed herself in New Zealand’s labor movement, became the first woman elected to any parliamentary body in the world and then voted No against U.S. entry into WWI, thus declaring her place in history. Yet nobody knows about her.

During the experimental short play, the three actors cross the 4th wall and reveal inner knowings with free poetic license. The play’s centerpiece is Rankin’s premonition of soldiers 28 years in the future, witnessing the first testing of the atomic bomb in Alamogorda, New Mexico.

A new side of Jeannette Rankin emerges. She’s famous for her peace actions, but she was about a lot more. She was at the beginning of the Progressive Movement in the early 1900’s and her focus was on domestic issues for women and children, equal pay, education and healthcare. Unfortunately, we’re still fighting for the same basic human needs and rights.

In 1916 Jeannette Rankin and Belle Fligelman changed the world.

Actress Amber Rose Mason will read the part of Belle Fligelman, Allyson Adams as Jeannette Rankin and special surprise guest in the role of Wellington Rankin.

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Belle Fligelman

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Wellington Rankin

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Here’s a new article in The New Yorker by Kate Walbert about Jeannette Rankin. Synchronicity!

A Century Before Hillary in the New Yorker.

Jeannette’s time has come once again with her 100 Year Anniversary to her election to Congress in 1916.

“Save the Country” will have its first staged reading at the Bozeman Library on November 1, 2016 at 6pm. Bozeman Public Library 626 E. Main St. Bozeman, MT 59715. Phone: (406) 582-2400 

Peace,

Allyson Adams

Elvis Presley’s Tupelo Homecoming Concert 60 Year Anniversary!

Do you have your copy of The Rebel & The King by Nick Adams? My Dad’s book details his personal experience with Elvis Presley during his return for the September 26, 1956 homecoming concert and 8 days in Memphis with his family.

“This is one of the most honest, touching and truthful books I’ve read about Elvis. I had no idea that extent of Nick’s connection to Elvis’ family and hometown. We never hear much about his mother and father. Nick brings them to life. It’s fascinating stuff.”
– Tom Brown (Former TCM executive, Elvis Presley expert and Elvis Week Host)

You can purchase your copy on Amazon or http://www.therebelandtheking.com

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Backstage at Tupelo Homecoming Concert, Sept. 26, 1956

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The dynamic duo on Elvis’ Harley, Mississippi-Alabama State Fair – Sept. 1956

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Art Knows Best

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Me in the West Village, 1983.

New York City is still the last best place to get that Art “fix” and look humanity right in the face.

The Kiss mural seen from the HighLine, NYC.

The Kiss mural seen from the HighLine, NYC.

Hankchampion (sculpture by Mark Di Suvero) at the New Whitney museum.

Hankchampion (sculpture by Mark Di Suvero) at the New Whitney museum.

Street musician, Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, NYC.

Street musician, Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, NYC.

After being away for 23 years, which I now refer to as “Manhattan Interruptus,” my cup runneth over with the juice of this pulsating metropolis.

The World Trade Center from the New Whitney Museum.

The World Trade Center from the New Whitney Museum.

Thanks to the good company of Beau Gage, who  is a true patron to the arts and fine sculpturess herself, I got an inside glimpse to Martha Graham’s living legacy, the FANTASTIC new Whitney Museum, a Russian Modernist’s exhibit at the Neue Galerie, coupled with a classical performance by lively, young musicians.

BERLIN - JULY 04: (GERMANY OUT) The Martha Graham Dance Company performs during a photo call at he Deutsche Staatsoper on July 4, 2008 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sven Darmer/DAVIDS/Getty Images)

BERLIN – JULY 04: (GERMANY OUT) The Martha Graham Dance Company performs during a photo call at he Deutsche Staatsoper on July 4, 2008 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sven Darmer/DAVIDS/Getty Images)

Beau and I at the Neue Galerie in front of Klimt's Woman in Gold.

Beau and I at the Neue Galerie in front of Klimt’s Woman in Gold.

People at the Whitney overlooking Hudson River.

People at the Whitney overlooking Hudson River.

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Alexander Calder’s Circus at the New Whitney.

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Whitney Museum

View from Whitney of New Jersey.

View from Whitney of New Jersey.

More extraordinary view from the Whitney of Hudson River.

More extraordinary view from the Whitney of Hudson River.

Beau at the Whitney looking downtown.

Beau at the Whitney looking downtown.

Brooklyn, New York.

Brooklyn, New York.

I was able to track down Miles Bellamy, a well cultured buddy from my starving artist days, and devour his “Spoonbill and Sugartown Bookstore” in Brooklyn,  before sharing spaghetti on the roof with his 11 year old daughter. Time has certainly marched on.

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Miles, me and Jonas.

Fountain and boy along the Highline.

Fountain and boy along the Highline.

I walked the fantastic, new HIghline that stretches 30 blocks along the Hudson River and is planted with indigenous flora. I think I heard someone speak English, once, and a Buddhist monk gave me a beaded bracelet.

The sure footed journey down the middle path is like an amusement park without the rides or admission.

I stayed at Westbeth in the West Village, which is a well known artists housing and cultural center and where I participated in Nancy Gabor’s acting workshop (the whole reason and purpose for my trip).

Nancy Gabor making her magic.

Nancy Gabor making her magic.

Me doing Chekhov in Nancy's acting workshop. Playing to Greg Taubman.

Me doing Chekhov in Nancy’s acting workshop. Playing to Greg Taubman.

Wrapping up an amazing weekend. Transforming!

Wrapping up an amazing weekend. Transformative!

Since Nancy and I reconnected after 30 years, I have rekindled my passion for Nancy’s acting core techniques. My early roots as a fledgling dancer/actor/playwright are in New York and my return feels like divine intervention. Nancy’s work gives wings to anyone who experiences it.

Happy Actors.

Happy Actors- Ethan, Shelley, Nancy, Allyson and Greg.

I am filled to the brim with possibilities, friendship and inspiration.

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Hannah and I started in the village and ended up in Mexico.

Although, NYC has changed and I miss some of the grit and danger of the old days. I’m glad I had the good fortune of being broke and starry eyed during the 80’s. My humble performances in black box theatre seem better than ever in retrospect. Romantic even.

Tourists with money to burn have replaced the struggling artists and the neighborhood diners now resemble boutique eateries. Every one I talked with lamented the exorbitant rents with more luxury apartments coming. The Broadway world seems to be shrinking with remakes and star turns where everything old is new again. Change is constant.

One of my favorite moments was sitting in a Bleecker Street Cafe over Caesar salad and helping a fellow playwright get his play back on track.

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Xin Ying, Martha Graham soloist.

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Kids Art at the Neue Galerie. The artists of tomorrow interpreting Adele in America.

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Adele in America, Kids art at Neue Galerie, NYC

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Mural from the HighLine.

Mural from the HighLine.

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Adele in America, Kids art at Neue Galerie

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Adele in America, Kids art at Neue Galerie

Mural from the Highline.

Mural from the Highline.
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