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Lawrence MA and Union Square

Tonight we’re staging Scenes 16-17a, the blurred boundaries between Tateh at the textile mill/union square rally/goldman speech/the Lawrence, MA strike/Tateh’s escape from factory labor. In these scenes, time and place are fluid; historical characters give authenticity to events that are both real and fictional. On the scene breakdown I made (the yellow handout) I mentioned […]


Doll’s House and Ragtime

In last night’s lecture, Professor Dickinson talked about ideals of appearance and behavior that exemplified the Victorian “cult of true womanhood” or “cult of domesticity.” This externally constructed standard, sometimes overtly articulated or subtly implied by religious teachings, public speeches, newspaper stories and the exploding field of marketing and advertisements, held sway over the lives […]


Character bio — Emma Goldman

When I was in college (back more years than I am going to admit) I had a Women Who Dared calendar (surprise, surprise!). The highlighted figure for the month of January was none other than Emma Goldman and the image was the one at left from the Library of Congress. When Jeff told me about […]