Sneak preview of “We Won’t Sleep,” a new musical about Jeannette
Rankin’s life and legacy by internationally renowned creators.
Montana Repertory Theatre partners with The Jeannette Rankin Foundation to workshop a
Jeannette Rankin musical, followed by a one-night public event to showcase their work.

MISSOULA, Mont. -- In partnership with The Jeanette Rankin Foundation, the national
foundation created at the bequest of America’s first congresswoman and Montana native,
Jeannette Rankin, The Montana Repertory Theatre will host a sneak peek of the new musical,
We Won’t Sleep, about Jeannette Rankin’s life and legacy in The Masquer Theater-University of
Montana on September 8th, 2022, at 7:00 PM.
This one-night-only event is an opportunity for the public to witness the creative work that goes
into producing a major musical. For one week prior to the event, four artists from the production
team of We Won’t Sleep will workshop the script on the University of Montana campus and
immerse themselves in the scenic landscape of Jeannette Rankin’s youth. To showcase their
work, Ari Afsar (Hamilton's Eliza, Chicago cast) will perform musical selections from the
musical, and the creative team will answer audiences' questions about the show.
“We Won’t Sleep is not just the story of Jeannette Rankin,” said the musical’s producer, Tory Roman.
“It’s the story of how we tell history, how history affects us and how we can use stories from history
as a call to action to change the world and make the world a better place for everyone around us.”
We Won’t Sleep, Book by award-winning playwright Lauren Gunderson (You and I) and Jordan
Ealey. Composition and lyrics by Ari Afsar, Musical Direction by Sheela Ramesh, and
Co-directed by Erin Ortman and Yusha-Marie Sorzano.