“I want freedom, the right to self-expression, everybody’s right to beautiful, radiant things.”
On Thursday June 27th, we will gather and honor Emma Goldman, our ancestor and sister-mother in the lineage of worker struggle, anarchism and the fight for freedom of self-expression.
Her first job was sewing in a factory. She was influenced by Kropotkin and first radicalized by the state’s execution of four of the Haymarket Square activists in 1887 Chicago. She was a birth control pioneer and advocate of free love. She was imprisoned for two years for fighting war and the draft. She started her own free-spirited journal, Mother Earth. In San Francisco she lived at 569 Dolores Street with Alexander Berkman after coming to support Tom Mooney after he was framed for the Preparedness Day bombing.
“In her writing and public speaking Goldman was a gadfly. She championed free speech, birth control, women’s equality and labor unions. She said: “The history of progress is written in the blood of men and women who have dared to espouse an unpopular cause, as, for instance, the black man’s right to his body, or the woman’s right to her soul.… If the production of any commodity necessitates the sacrifice of human life, society should do without that commodity, but it cannot do without that life.”
Why do people say this sex-positive anarchist proletariat remains one of the most influential people in modern American history?
Come and find out. Dramaturge Jessica Litwak will channel and embody Emma as she reacts moments of her life in a one woman play: Love, Anarchy and Other Affairs.
Love, Anarchy and Other Affairs
performed by Jessica Litwak
7:00 Snacks + drinks
7:15 The play
Help us make a donation to our wonderful performer and cover the costs of food and refreshments by making a donation via http://bit.ly/loveanarchy150
Jessica Litwak is a theatre artist focused specifically on theatre for social change and community engagement. She is an award-winning playwright and actress, as well as an educator, drama therapist and puppet builder. Her plays have been produced in articles and plays have been published by HowlRound, Theatre Communications Group, Applause Books, Smith and Krause, No Passport Press, and The New York Times. She is a core member of Theatre Without Borders, the founder of Artists Rise Up New York, a Fulbright Scholar and the Artistic Director of The H.E.A.T. Collective, (www.theheatcollective.org)