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Signature in the Schools: The Voices on Blackwell Island

by Dani Stoller

January 31 – February 3, 2023


In 1888, a daring female journalist goes undercover and a falsely committed inmate rebels in this riveting original play. Inspired by Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Packard, and featuring a cast and crew of area high school students with award-winning actor Holly Twyford, the most ambitious Signature in the Schools production to date descends deep into the horrors of Blackwell Island, the notorious women’s asylum.

Signature in the Schools, Signature Theatre’s flagship education program, is a multifaceted program that encompasses workshops for English, Social Studies and Theatre classes, theatrical training for young artists, and the creation of an original play. The program includes pre-show visits to school classrooms, resources for students and curriculum guides for teachers. Signature in the Schools is offered to all participants free of charge. Students from throughout Northern Virginia also attend daytime performances for free to see their peers perform.

Flip through The Voices on Blackwell Island Program

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Running time is approximately 65 minutes, with no intermission.

This program is recommended for preteens, teens and adults.

  • Masks are always optional but strongly encouraged in the lobby and other public areas of the building.

    Face masks are required inside the performance spaces on Thursdays and Sundays.
    Face masks are optional but strongly encouraged inside the performance spaces Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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  • Signature in the Schools is sponsored by Amazon and Bonnie Feld

    Additional support from the Briggs-Benton Fund of the Arlington Community Foundation, Dominion Energy, The Geary-O’Hara Family Foundation, GEICO, Lois C. Greisman, Michelle S. Lee, Louis Mazawey, David S. Shrager Foundation, STG International, Inc., Venable Foundation, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the Washington Forrest Foundation.

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    New work at Signature Theatre is sponsored by Dan & Gloria Logan