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Emma’s Parlor is a play about the life and times of Emma Goldman, presented by artists Martina Plag and Lorna Howley. The show begins with Emma’s emigration to the U.S. in 1885 and moves through her life as a factory worker, anarchist, and lecturer. Toy theater and puppets employ illustrations from the late 19th and early 20th century. Martina Plag and Lorna Howley use everyday objects one might find in a parlor, of that same period, as playing spaces. A phonograph becomes a café filled with anarchists, a radio serves as Emma’s lectern and a birdcage is becomes a prison.
This show is suited for audiences age 12 to adult. There is a 1p and a 3pm performance – please note the time when purchasing tickets.
The artists note: Our zeal to reveal Goldman’s life and beliefs as a free-spirited thinker who was exiled from the United States because of her outspoken views helped inspire this piece. As did co-performer Plag’s shared immigrant, working class journey, of uncelebrated Jewish ancestry in America. Much like Goldman herself, our toy-theatre adaptation uses wit and humor to illuminate history from below. Toy-theatre presented itself as the perfect medium through which to explore this story, it allows us to focus in quickly at a small scale to address grand issues. And its inherent dichotomy of scales excites us very much and gives us much to push against.
The Emma’s Parlor program is presented at Wyck in honor of Wyck’s own Jane Bowne Haines (1790-1843), and Jane Bowne Haines II (1869-
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