The Neo-Political Cowgirls’ annual “Andromeda’s Sisters”  arts and advocacy forum will be held remotely in two parts this year via Zoom, on Friday, Aug. 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 3 at 5 p.m.

The Neo-Political Cowgirls, which was created to help increase the female voice in the narrative of our society’s stories in theater, are the beneficiaries of this fundraiser. 

It’s “an opportunity for not-for-profit social justice organizations and leaders to speak about their work, for audiences to network and engage in advocacy and creative exploration, and for female-identifying playwrights and actors to be celebrated through their stage work,” according to the organizers. 

The Aug. 14 program is an evening of readings of monologues written by female-identifying playwrights. 

Participants include Blythe Danner (“Will & Grace,” “Huff”), Joy Behar (“The View”), Lucy Boyle (The Blue Deep), Dipti Bramhandkar (The Accident), Lynn Grossman (TriQuarterly, Story Quarterly, Equator Magazine), Tanya Everett (The Public, HERE, The Tank), Catherine Curtin, (“Homeland,” “Stranger Things,” “Orange Is The New Black”), Laura Gomez, (“Orange Is The New Black”) Florencia Lozano, (“Narcos,” “As The World Turns”), Welker White, (The Irishman, Goodfellas, The Wolf Of Wall Street) Kathryn Grody (“The Lemon Sisters,” “Law And Order,” Men With Guns), Sarah Bierstock (“Honor Killing”) and others.

The Sept. 3 event will focus on advocacy, with a conversation with Integrity First For America Executive Director Amy Spitalnick and attorney Roberta Kaplan about IFA’s landmark lawsuit against the two dozen neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and hate groups responsible for the August 2017 Charlottesville violence. The trial is scheduled for this fall. Journalist Dahlia Lithwick will moderate.

Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, will speak about the organization’s tireless work pursuing equality and social justice at home and around the world. 

The organization has partnered with activist and professional football player Colin Kaepernick to fight for criminal justice reform and worked to eradicate the increasing “forcible disappearances” of citizens in Venezuela; and helping students learn about the right to health during a global pandemic in its Speak Truth To Power educational program. 

After Kerry Kennedy’s comments, performers will read from her book “Speak Truth To Power. “ 

Tickets range from $25 to $120, providing access to audiences. Visit for more details.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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