ABOUT THE TRILOGY
Jessica Litwak's Emma Goldman Trilogy explores the life and work of the in/famous anarchist Emma Goldman. Separately, the plays have been produced all over the world, but only recently have they been offered together as a unique and thrilling day-long theatrical experience featuring 8 actors.
Filled with excitement, humor and pathos, the plays portray Goldman's time in prison, her public life, and her relationship with her life long comrade Alexander Berkman: one of the most unusual love stories of all time. The first Emma Goldman Trilogy Happening was produced in March of 2016 in honor of Women’s History Month and was sponsored by UN Women. Over three plays, three discussions and three feasts we laughed, cried and built a thrilling new community.
Love, Anarchy and Other Affairs
Over one evening in 1901, 32 year-old Emma Goldman hides from the police who are pursuing her in connection with President McKinley's assassination. Love, Anarchy and Other Affairs was first directed by Anne Bogart and produced by The Women's Project
The Snake and the Falcon
In 1919, 50 year-old Emma Goldman is at the forefront of radical politics: advocating for free love, access to birth control and an end to war. A 25-year old J. Edgar Hoover decides to make a name for himself by deporting Emma, if he can only find the legal precedent. Developed by The Lark and Theater J.
Nobody is Sleeping
In the early 1930's Emma, now in her 70's, travels to the Spanish front to raise funds for the Spanish Civil War. The play gives homage to the hope and heroism of a war now often forgotten. The many characters that help evoke this exciting personal and political story include Franco (as a puppeteer manipulating Hitler, Stalin, FDR, Chamberlain among many others), Durruti, Lorca, Ernest Hemingway, and, of course, Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman. Original puppets were created for the show.
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Second Happening, March 2017
Panelists included Cindy Cooper of Words of Choice, Lana Povitz of Jewish Voice for Peace and Marilyn Fabiola on the Sanctuary Campus Movement.
11:30am : Love, Anarchy and Other Affairs Directed by Francesca Mantani Arkus with Jessica Litwak, Stacey Linnartz and Tim Thomas
1:30pm : Snake and The Falcon Directed by Katie Pearl with Oliver Burns, Stacey Linnartz, Jessica Litwak, Jeremy Rishe and Tim Thomas
3:30pm : Nobody is Sleeping Directed by Thais Giannoccaro with Deborah Black, Oliver Burns, Stacey Linnartz, Jessica Litwak, Jeremy Rishe, Julissa Roman and Tim Thomas
FIRST HAPPENING, MARCH 2016
2:00 PM : Love Anarchy And Other Affairs
3:30 PM : Russian cookies, tea + discussion lead by a historian
4:30 PM : The Snake and the Falcon
6:00 PM : Spanish tapas, wine + discussion lead by an activist
7:00 PM : Nobody is Sleeping
8:30 PM : Dessert, shots of Russian vodka + discussion lead by an artist Guests