Written by: Howard Zinn
Directed by: Kate Hendrickson
Co-Directed by: Shane Oman
This production was recommended for a Joseph Jefferson Award.
October 18, 2007 – December 1, 2007
A fascinating look at the life of Emma Goldman, the anarchist, feminist, and free-spirited thinker who was exiled from the United States because of her outspoken views.
Cast: Featuring Beata Pilch as Emma, with David Bettino, Kevin Cox, Gary Damico, Géraldine Dulex, Noah Durham, Jen Ellison, Carolyn Hoerdeman, Jason Huysman, and John Kahara
Ewelina Dobiesz, Set Designer
Richard Norwood, Lighting Designer
Michal Janicki, Graphic Designer
Howard Zinn (The Playwright): Historian, author, and pivotal figure of the American Left, Howard Zinn has written over a dozen books. Among them is his now classic A People’s History of the United States. He is professor emeritus at Boston University. Zinn has received the Lannan Foundation Literary Award for Non Fiction and the Eugene V Debbs award for writing and political activism. His plays Emma and Marx in Soho have been performed internationally.
Zinn’s drama Emma is based on the life of American Anarchist Emma Goldman. Passionate, audacious, and notorious Emma was a popularizer of the arts, a defender of civil liberties, a proponent of birth control, and a free love advocate. Emma explores not only her political life but also the friendships, and tumultuous love affairs that sustained and inspired her. Emma has been performed in New York, Boston, London, and Tokyo. This is its Chicago premier.
Benefit for Planned Parenthood!
In honor of the life, spirit and work of Emma Goldman, Trap Door Theatre donated all the proceeds from our October 26th performance of Emma to Chicago Area Planned Parenthood.