On the Writing of We Did It for You!
The play We Did It for You! is a quick tour through the history of how women have gained rights in the United States. But what exactly is the story and how to tell it and still be entertaining? What would be the criteria for inclusion? And of equal importance, how to convey the fact that women have not only struggled to obtain their rights, they have made contributions that have been overlooked in many history books.
The playwright, Dr. Thea Iberall, is available for speaking engagements to share with you how she went about answering these questions. Iberall will discuss how ordinary women were able to break out of their cultural constraints and relate it to what can be done today to continue these determined women’s visions.
About Thea Iberall
Dr. Thea Iberall is a poet, playwright, and scientist. She has a Master's Degree in Writing (USC) and a Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience (U Mass). As the playwright of We Did It For You!, Iberall did the extensive research needed to develop a script that synthesizes the various historical catalysts for women’s rights through history. With co-author Anne Perrah, Iberall has written the We Did It For You Resource Book, providing teachers with much of her source materials and the themes she used in organizing the script. We Did It For You! is Iberall’s seventh produced play (her children’s musical At Seven is another one, as is her one-woman show The Only Thing Greek About Me is My Name). Iberall is the author of three scientific texts and has had over dozens of poems published in anthologies and journals, including her new book of contextual poems The Sanctuary of Artemis (Tebot Bach Publishers). Iberall teaches poetry and writing to adults and has taught at RPI Hartford, USC, and in the California Poets in the Schools program.