LAURAL MEADE ON SARA BARD FIELD: Laural Meade wrote a play about a few intrepid suffragettes who barnstormed across the country in an unreliable car, without proper maps or even paved roads, to gather half a million signatures demanding a woman’s right to vote. She came away with a great respect for all of them, but especially Sara Bard Field, orator, activist, divorcée, forward-thinker. At a time of serious societal penalties for living outside the norm, Sara had the moxie to forge her own path. Take courage from the example of Sara Bard Field.
Laural has been making music and theater throughout Los Angeles, and occasionally in far off places like Phoenix and Amsterdam, her whole life. Her plays for adults center on American politics around the turn of the 20th Century and her plays for young people are told mostly with sound and images. In addition to her work with theater students at Occidental College, she’s the Choir Director for The Secret City, an arts organization that presents salon-ceremony-peformance celebrations of everyday creative life.
Sara Bard Field
Sara Bard Field (September 1, 1882 – June 15, 1974) was an American poet, suffragist, and socialist. Field drove a petition containing 500,000 signatures asking for suffrage from California to Washington, D.C. to present to President Woodrow Wilson. She was a skilled orator and became a poet later in her career.