We Won’t Sleep (formerly titled Jeannette) will make its world premiere at the Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA on May 31, 2022! The musical will be doing their first production just outside of Washington, D.C. where Jeannette Rankin made history as America’s first Congresswoman.
Jeannette Rankin fought for equality with everything she had, and this musical breaks enough boundaries to make her proud. Jeannette was cast with intentional and encompassing diversity that includes white, Black, brown, Asian, Indigenous, gay, straight and Trans performers. It emerged as “one of three musicals selected from 400-plus applications” for the 2019 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Music Theater Conference. At the 2020 installment of Broadway Across America’s annual conference, Jeannette distinguished itself as “the only original musical not based on a book or movie” and “the only show written by a BIPOC composer and lyricist.” The team has collaborated with organizations, including the ACLU, Female Quotient and The Center for Popular Democracy. Additionally, its 20-minute live virtual performance graced online fundraisers for progressive candidates such as Tammy Duckworth and Cori Bush.
We Won’t Sleep allows listeners everywhere to experience the incredible history of Jeannette Rankin amplified in song by the raw, real, and relevant voice of Ari Afsar.