May 25, 2018 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Theatre Works
2085 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

Emerald Theatre Company in residency at THEATREWORKS
2085 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
 Media Contact: Hal Harmon  hharmon299@aol.com

May 25, 26, 27, & June 1, 2, 3, 2018
Friday’s and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM
$15.00 General Admission ALL TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR

Emerald Theatre Company proudly resents the regional premiere of

inclusIVitY – the Ivy Bottini Story

Written in rhyme as a series of poems and songs, this play is a tribute to Ivy Bottini.

Ivy Bottini is a legendary activist.  For 16 years, she was married, worked as an artist at Newsday and raised two daughters.  She co-founded the New York City Chapter of NOW (National Organization for Women) with Betty Friedan, but Ivy was expelled from the organization when she came out as a lesbian.  Ivy moved to LA, wrote and toured the country in a one-woman show, fought against Proposition 6 (An initiative designed to remove gay teachers from the classroom) and Proposition 64 (An initiative to create a registry of HIV+ people, possibly quarantining them).  Ivy hosted “It’s a Gay Life” on public radio.  She fought for AIDS awareness and was an amazing human rights proponent.  She is full of sass, spunk, humor and blazing honesty.

Written by Alvin Schnupp and directed by Den-Nickolas Schaffer Smith


Emily Binford            as   Ivy’s Mother, Betty Friedan, Ensemble
Kayleigh Bondor       as   Myrtle, Rosie Robinson, Laura, Helen, Ensemble    
Jess Brookes              as   Ivy Bottini
Clare Edgar                as   Nancy, Robin Tyler, Ensemble
Sam Eldred                as   Ivy’s Father, Marty, Dr. Gottlieb, Ensemble
Juliet Mace                as   Dor, Mary Carol, Ensemble
V. Adrian Mehr         as   Phil 2, Psychiatrist, Drag Queen, John Briggs, Ensemble
Jessie Hinch Miller   as   Edna, Lisa, Dottie, Anita Bryant, Ensemble
Billy Rayburn             as   Phil 1, Eddie, Lyndon LaRouche, Ensemble