We (Lorna Howley and Martina Plag) are excited to announce that Emma’s Parlor has been invited to Great Small Works’ 10th International Toy Theatre Festival. And are scheduled to perform Friday, June 14th and Saturday June 15th at 7:30pm at St. Ann’s Warehouse! Come and check us out.
Emma’s Parlor is adapted from Howard Zinn’s play about the life and times of Emma Goldman. Using wit, humor, a toy-theater and puppets inspired by late 19th and early 20th century illustrations as well as everyday objects one might find in a parlor, of that same period, as playing spaces, Lorna Howley and Martina Plag illuminate history from below as they begin with Emma’s emigration to the U.S. in 1885 and move through her life as a factory worker, anarchist, lecturer, and free-spirited thinker who is exiled from the United States in 1919 because of her outspoken views.
A phonograph becomes a café filled with anarchists, a radio serves as Emma’s lectern, and a birdcage becomes a prison.