Written by Howard Zinn
Directed by Kate Hendrickson
Co-directed by Shane Oman
This production was recommended for a Joseph Jefferson Award.
October 18 – 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
Crew: Ewelina Dobiesz, Set Designer Richard Norwood, Lighting Designer Michal Janicki, Graphic Designer
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 a 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 premiere.
Kate Hendrickson is a resident director at Trap Door Theatre where her particular focus is on premiering new plays by radical American playwrights. She has developed and sustained long-term collaborative relationships with several playwrights, steering multiple world premiere productions to critical and popular success. Together with Margraff and the Trap Door ensemble Hendrickson created ANGER/FLY which was recognized in the Chicago Reader “Best Of” edition as part of a Trap Door season presenting the “best string of theatrical stunners.” Other Trap Door credits include Cookie Play, Chaste and Beholder (Jeff Award for Best New Work, After Dark Award for Best Original Music), by Ken Prestininzi. Chaste received “Best of the Year” nods in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Stage Review, and the Huffington Post. Kate also directed Midwest premieres of Prestininzi’s AmeriKafka, Howard Zinn’s Emma (After Dark Award for Best Ensemble), and 12 Ophelias by Caridad Svich.
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 26 performance of Emma to Chicago Area Planned Parenthood.