Photo detail

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Brenda Hering, as Margaret Cavendish, waves off “the gossips” – naysaying women of the 17th century who disapproved of a woman who writes. The moment in “Voice of My Own” (March 14-15 at CAST in Hood River) illuminates one element of the censoring or suppression of female literature over the centuries. Clockwise from left are Emma Spaulding, Judie Hanel, Monique Adams, Pennie Burns, Mary Ann Pauline, and Irene Fields, members of the 18-member cast.