The Neo-Political Cowgirls, an organization created by Kate Mueth of East Hampton for women in theater to help increase the female voice in the narrative of our society’s stories, will present their annual fundraiser, Andromeda’s Sisters: An Arts and Advocacy Gala on Saturday, June 26 at 5 p.m. at the Leiber Collection Museum in East Hampton (446 Old Stone Hwy East Hampton, NY 11937). The event will also be live streamed on Zoom.
This event will include a reading of “Order My Steps,” a one-act play by Kathryn Grant about a prison inmate who reunites with her estranged adult daughter. The reading will be directed by Florencia Lozano and Kate Mueth and will star Catherine Curtin (“Homeland”, “Stranger Things”, “Orange Is The New Black”) and Irene Sofia Lucio (Slave Play on Broadway/NYTW; Wit on Broadway).
The play reading will be followed by a social justice and advocacy discussion on the experience of freedom with Alexis McGill Johnson (President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America), Serena Ligouri (founder of The New Hour, an organization based in Long Island that helps women coming out of incarceration), and Angie Cruz (author of Dominicana).
Tickets for in-person attendance are $125 to $250. Tickets to the remote livestream are a $25+ suggested donation. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.npcowgirls.org. All funds raised will directly support the theater work and arts education outreach of The Neo-Political Cowgirls.
Kathryn Grant’s most recent play, “Order My Steps,” was seen at The Actors Studio Playwrights and Directors Unit and will be adapted into a short film to go into production in the fall. Ms. Grant is a member of Theater Breaking Through Barriers and has been featured in four of their playmaker’s intensives.
Her play “The Good Counselor” garnered The Jerry Kaufman Award in Playwriting, The Premiere Stages Festival Award and a citation from The Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award. The play was produced at Premiere Stages in New Jersey and 1st Stages in DC. She recently adapted it into a series along with co-writer, Sue Robin Pollock and it is currently in development with producer Vicki Covington. Her play “Handicapped People in Their Formal Attire” received a workshop production at the Actor’s Studio and received a full production at Premiere Stages.
Alexis McGill Johnson is the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Planned Parenthood provides vital health services to 2.4 million people each year through more than 600 health centers across the country.
Serena Liguori serves as executive director of New Hour for Women and Children—Long Island, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting women and children impacted by incarceration. New Hour provides direct-service programming in the Suffolk County jails and reentry support to women across the state returning to Long Island.
Angie Cruz is a novelist and editor. Her novel, “Dominicana,” is the inaugural book pick for GMA book club and chosen as the 2019/2020 Wordup Uptown Reads. It was shortlisted for The Women’s Prize, longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction, The Aspen Words Literary Prize, a RUSA Notable book and the winner of the ALA/YALSA Alex Award in fiction.
Andromeda’s Sisters is sponsored by Jackie Lowey of Saunders & Associates, Melissa Cohn of Raveis Mortgage and Dano’s Tequila. The Honorary Chairwoman is Sheri Sandler.
The Neo-Political Cowgirls is a not-for-profit dance theater company dedicated to exploring and celebrating the female voice. Founded in 2007 by Kate Mueth, they are committed to making work for women and about women – to create a space where women and girls from all walks of life can share their experiences, joys, concerns, and spirits through professional dance. For more information, visit www.npcowgirls.org