Stage Door: A Love Letter to American Theatre
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Award-winning Chicago stage veteran Roslyn Alexander fills the fascinating shoes of fearless activist Emma Goldman in this new solo drama that explores the passions behind the controversial figure's political agitation and the price she was willing to pay for it. A charismatic speaker and organizer, Goldman threatened the turn-of-the-century status quo with her liberal views on social issues and women's rights, but became infamous as an anarchist who advocated free love and who was jailed several times for demonstrating contraceptives, inciting to riot and opposing the draft. Dennis Zacek directs for the ShPIeL Theatre. Learn More
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“quite deliciously meta-theatrical.” —Chicago Tribune
“… Witt does an impressive job of corralling this unwieldy beast, and Griffin’s engaged so many of the city’s talented young actresses that you begin to wonder how any other theater has a show running right now.” —Time Out Chicago
“Don’t miss this rarely performed gem.” —Chicago Theater blog
“We need more theatre companies to have the chutzpah to produce classic theatre that still has relevance and audience appeal. See this show and support classic theatre. It is important that we revive the classics for each new generation. Every actor and aspiring actor needs to see Stage Door. It could be a reaffirming life experience for them.” —ChicagoCritic
Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman’s “Love Letter” to the American theatre. In 1930s NYC, a group of funny, smart, and savvy actresses bring the Footlights Club to life—a boarding house for aspiring young actresses who will do anything to work: starve, run away, divorce, sell-out, and sing for their supper. This funny, touching, and relevant piece about love for the theatre, the pressures of Hollywood, and sticking to one’s principles (or not) is filled with razor-sharp wit and served up with colorful irony.