The Arcadia University Art Research Collaboration (ARC) Exhibitions Program presents Emma’s Parlor in the Commons Art Gallery on Monday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. The toy theater performance is adapted from Howard Zinn’s play about the life and times of Emma Goldman (1869-1940), an anarchist known for her political activism, writing, and lectures. Martina Plag, founder and director of Studium Praxis, a puppetry atelier in Philadelphia, and Lorna Howley perform.
Emma’s Parlor uses objects consistent with late 19th- and early 20th-century American parlors in showing Goldman’s transformation from factory worker to activist revolutionary. In the introduction to the original play, Zinn describes Goldman as “tireless as she traveled the country, lecturing to large audiences everywhere, on birth control (‘A woman should decide for herself’), on the problems of marriage as an institution (‘Marriage has nothing to do with love’), on patriotism (‘the last refuge of a scoundrel’), [and] on free love (‘What is love if not free?’).”
This performance is presented in conjunction with exhibition Alive! Revealing the Art of Puppetry, which was made possible by a donation to the Gateway Society by Theresa and John Rollins.
Light refreshments will be provided.