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New York: Chilina Kennedy joins “Soldiergirls” virtual benefit concert on August 31

Monday, August 17, 2020

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater will present a free benefit concert of the new musical SOLDIERGIRLS August 31 at 7 PM ET to benefit SPART*A (Service Members, Partners, Allies for Respect and Tolerance for All).

The evening will feature Tony nominee  Jenn Colella (Come From Away), Tony nominee Lilli Cooper (Tootsie), Chilina Kennedy (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Ezra Menas (Jagged Little Pill), Melanie Field (Heathers), Jessie Shelton (Hadestown), Anna Crivelli, Danielle Chaves, Hannah Van Sciver, and Madeleine Barker.

The two-person musical, which has a book and lyrics by Em Weinstein and music by Emily Johnson-Erday, uses real letters and a collage of found and original text to look at love, liberation, and lesbianism in the Women’s Army Corps in World War II. 

The hour-long presentation will feature a mix of scenes, songs, and duets interspersed with conversations about the show with its creators as well as a presentation of research and original artwork by costume designer Sophia Choi, set designer Stephanie Cohen, and dramaturg Rebecca Adelsheim.

SOLDIERGIRLS was previously workshopped with Rattlestick and New York Theater Workshop. 

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By Andrew Gans for

Photo: Chilina Kennedy as Esther in Soldiergirls. © 2020 Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.