Babes With Blades Presents The Good Fight @ City Lit Theater, Chicago [from 6 January to 17 February]

Babes With Blades Presents The Good Fight

- 17
20:00 - 21:30

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City Lit Theater
1020 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60660
The Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), led by Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughter Christabel, was the primary militant group pushing for women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom. Under the slogan “Deeds, not words,” the WSPU advocated targeting property as a form of protest, from smashing shop windows to burning and bombing buildings. Imprisoned WSPU members – including Emmeline Pankhurst – launched hunger strikes, which were initially countered by the authorities with force-feeding; later the government introduced the “Cat and Mouse Act,” under which dying suffragettes were released, only to be re-imprisoned once regaining their health.

To defend their members, the WSPU built “The Bodyguard” – an all-female security team, trained in jujutsu – and THE GOOD FIGHT began.

Playwright: Anne Bertram
Director: Elizabeth Lovelady
Fight Choreography: Gaby Labotka

Scottie Caldwell — Gertrude Harding
Elisabeth Del Toro — Mary
Alison Dornheggen* — Christabel Pankhurst/Edith Garrud
Delia Ford* — Harriet Kerr
David Kaplinsky — Mr. Dickinson/Charlie/Inspector McBrien/Constable
Jean Marie Koon — Emmeline Pankhurst
Jillian Leff — Cicely
Arielle Leverett — Grace Roe
C. Jaye Miller — Hilda
Taylor Raye — Emily Wilding Davison/Wardess
Joseff Stevenson — Home Secretary McKenna/Constable/Inspector Gray/Jujutsu Demonstrator
Richard Traub — Mr. Hunt/Bill/Constable/Prison Guard

Tina Arfaee and Catherine Dvorak* — Understudies

Tech/Design Team:

Samantha Barr (Production Manager), Lauren Brady (Assistant Stage Manager), Kenya Hall (Dramaturg), Rose Hamill (Stage Manager), Carrie Hardin (Dialect Coach), Kimberly G. Morris* (Costume Design), Patrick O’Brien (Sound Design), Rachel Rauscher (Scenic Design), Julia Skeggs (Assistant Director), Arielle Valene (Properties Design), Becca Venable (Lighting Design, Technical Director)

* denotes BWBTC ensemble member
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