Deborah Jean Templin
Unsinkable Women: Stories and Songs from the Titanic
Created by Deborah Jean Templin
Direction: Nancy Robillard
Costume Design: Sara Jablon
Musical Direction: C. Colby Sachs
Production Staging Consultant: Ron Schwinn
100 years ago, the great ship Titanic sank below the freezing waters on the North Atlantic at 2:20 am on April 15, 1912. There were 1,500 people still on board. Unsinkable Women: Stories and Songs from the Titanic is a new play about the women who survived that night and the remarkable lives they had afterwards. Based on actual diaries, letters, and interviews, Unsinkable Women brings to life nine famous figures, including Madeline Astor, the beautiful teenage bride of John Jacob Astor, one of the wealthiest men in America. And, of course, there’s Margaret Tobin Brown, the ”Unsinkable Molly” herself whose account of the ship’s final moments brings the evening to its dramatic climax. Lesser-known characters are also depicted, such as stewardess Violet Jessop who tells of the friendships and loves of the serving crew below decks, and Nora, an English Music hall performer on her way to New York to appear in American vaudeville..
The playwright, Deborah Jean Templin wrote the pieces during a 21 month stint playing major roles on the national tour of the Tony award winning Broadway musical Titanic. It was during this period that she first became fascinated by the real life women who speak out in her play. Her research into their lives inspired the writing of this new account of the legendary liner and its aftermath.