July 9, 10, 11, 12, 2020


The Bow of Promise

Written by Petersburg’s own Diana Schoenherr

Directed by Jessica Polhemus



"The Bow of Promise," an origianl play by Petersburg native, Diana Schoenherr, commemorates the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment. When Darah Walsh finds that social equality is out of grasp, an outspoken suffragette reminds her that social transformation can only be reached through faith and hard work. Darah's narrative offers poignant,thought-provoking insights into the myriad of challenges American women faced during their pursuit of political voice.



Diana Schoenherr has enjoyed a life-long interest in music and the stage, appearing in high school, college and community theatre productions -- her most notable in the title role of George Bernard Shaw's "Major Barbara."  She earned her B.A. in sociology at Blackburn College and worked in social services before obtaining her M.A. in English at UIS.  She then taught high school and adult education courses for approximately twenty years.   Upon her retirement from teaching, she decided to ease back into the theatre realm by writing a historical fiction drama entitled "The Bow of Promise," her first play.  Diana resides in Petersburg, Illinois with her husband Jim.  They are the parents of three adult children and recently welcomed their first grandchild.  



Jessica Polhemus is no strager to the stage.  She has appeared in numerous productions at Theatre in the Park, Springfield Theatre Center and more. Jess has turned her attention to directing. We welcome her to TIP for her directorial debut.



PENELOPE MAE HAMILTON:  Freshman at a liberal arts college; late teens

GRAN HUTEN: (Née Darah Walsh) Penelope's maternal grandmother;  early 80s

DARAH WALSH:  Housekeeper for Doctor Fahler; early 20s

FRITZ HUTEN:  Major league baseball recruit; mid 20s

DOCTOR ZEBULON FAHLER:  Retired heart surgeon; mid 50s

JULIA FAHLER: Dr. Fahler's wife; socialite heiress; mid 40s

RYAN COLLINS:  Fahlers' long-time handyman; mid 60s

CORRINE McKENNA:  Fahlers' newly hired housekeeper; mid-teens

MARTIN REEGAN:  Neighborhood rummage collector; late teens

BLADE FAHLER:  Dr. and Mrs. Fahler's son; law student; mid 20s

LYDIA FAHLER:  Dr. and Mrs. Fahler's daughter; eight years old

ADELE FAHLER:  Dr. Fahler's sister; suffragette; mid 50s

FERNEE McQUIRE:  Lydia's best friend; eight years old