American Daughter Talkback with Local Political Leaders on Women, Media & Politics

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United States Congresswomen Nita Lowey, New York State Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee and Rockland County Legislator Harriet Cornell will discuss how art reflects our current politics on Saturday November 26, 2016 in a panel discussion following the performance of An American Daughter at Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack, NY.

Wendy Wasserstein’s An American Daughter, written in the mid-1990s, couldn’t be more timely. Elizabeth Scotson plays Dr. Lyssa Dent Hughes, the daughter of a Republican Senator, a well-educated health care crusader and a devoted wife and mother. She is the perfect nominee for Surgeon General of the United States until an offhand remark sets off a media frenzy, upending her career and personal life.

Have our views of powerful women in elected office really changed? Has social media changed the way we view of politicians? Our actions? What we think is important?

Join our very special evening on Saturday, November 26th at 8:00 PM for Elmwood’s performance of An American Daughter, preceded with a reception at 7:30 PM and after the performance, what is sure to be a fascinating conversation with Congresswoman Lowey, Assemblymember Jaffee, County Legislator Cornell and Haverstraw Village Trustee Emily Dominguez.

Tickets, $24.00, include the show, refreshments and talkback. For more information please call the Elmwood box office at (845) 353-1313 or visit

U. S. Congresswoman Nita Lowey U. S. Congresswoman Nita Lowey is currently serving her fourteenth term in Congress, representing parts of Westchester and Rockland Counties. She was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1988 and served in the Democratic Leadership in 2001 and 2002 as the first woman and the first New Yorker to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. She is also the first woman to lead either party on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.
New York State Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee New York State Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee was elected to serve as a Village of Suffern trustee in 1994, and went on to the County Legislature where she remained until her election to the Assembly in 2007. Former Chair of the Women’s Task Force now serves as Chair of Oversight, Investigation and Analysis.

harriet-cornell Rockland County Legislator Harriet Cornell has been a Legislator since 1984 and was the first woman to chair the Rockland County Legislature, a position she held from January 2005 to December 2013, the longest consecutive term to date. Her long record of accomplishments led to The Journal News naming her as one of 25 people who made the greatest impact on Rockland County during the 20th Century.

Emily Dominguez Haverstraw Village Trustee Emily Dominguez Emily was born and raised in the Village of Haverstraw in Rockland County, She graduated from North Rockland High School and Seton Hall University She left the corporate world to start her own business in Haverstraw and took her dedication to the community to the next level by seeking office as a trustee on the Haverstraw Village Board. She recently won her 3rd term.