LULU LOLO TAKES HER HAT OFF
Written and Performed by
LuLu LoLo's first one-person play, a heart-rending theater piece based on extensive research into the history of women wronged by society, portrays the true stories of three women from diverse but equally harsh walks of life: a prostitute—a brothel madam recounts the unfair trial that exonerates the murderer of one of her girls; a seamstress—an 18 year old dreams of a better future moments before the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire; a soldier—a woman disguises herself as a man to fight in the Civil War, but is later stripped of her military pension.
Scene I. SONNETS FOR A SIRENS
Mrs. Rosina Townsend, Brothel Madam The Townsend Hotel, 41 Thomas Street, NY, 1836 An indignant brothel madam Mrs. Rosina Townsend, recounts the grisly murder of a fiercely independent, poetry-loving prostitute, Helen Jewett, and the sensational trial that exonerated her callous cigar-smoking killer
Scene II. SOLILOQUY FOR A SEAMSTRESS
Sarafina Saracino, Seamstress Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Washington Place, Greenwich Village, NY March 25, 1911 An eighteen-year old Italian immigrant seamstress, Sarafina Saracino, shares drudgery and dreams with her younger sister unaware they are about to perish in the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.
Scene III. SWORN OATH FOR A SOLDIER
Albert D.J. Cashier/Jennie Hodgers, Union Soldier State Court of Law, Illinois A gallant woman who disguised herself as a man to fight in the Civil War and lived thereafter as Civil War veteran Private Albert D.J. Cashier is stripped of her military pension and put on trial for insanity when it is discovered she is a woman.
|October 2003||SWORN OATH FOR A SOLDIER, Women's Week, Provincetown Fringe Festival, MA|
|March 21-25, 2002||Tenement Theater, NY Due to popular demand and to mark the anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.|
|March 21-25, 2002||The Immigrants Theatre Project & Lower East Side Tenement Museum presented LuLu LoLo Takes Her Hat Off To The Fair Sex—Unfair Victims.|
|June 21, 2001||Tenement Theater, NY as part of the Immigrants' Theatre Project Series: "American Dreams, New Plays about New York City and The Immigrant Experience", Marcy Arlin Artistic Director, in conjunction with the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.|
REVIEWS AND ARTICLES
Sciorra, Joseph (appendix coauthored with Stefania Taviano). "A Lived History under Scrutiny: Italian American Performance Art". Teaching Italian American Literature, Film, and Popular Culture edited by Edvige Giunta and Kathleen Zamboni McCormick . The Modern American Language Association, NY 2010. pp 183-184, 189, 194-95.
"LuLu LoLo at Tenement Museum", Arlene McKanic, Greenwich Village Gazette, NY, July 9, 2001
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