Feminist. Anarchist. Freethinker. In her heyday, Emma Goldman was a firebrand who agitated and inspired millions around the globe to militant action and rebellion. At the same time, she was the stuff of nightmares for those she opposed: capitalists, generals and tepid reformers.
Those interested in her life can find out more this month at Southwest Detroit’s Matrix Theatre, which is staging excerpts from historian Howard Zinn’s 2-act play “Emma” May 18-16. It chronicles Goldman’s metamorphosis from textile worker to social revolutionary, ending with an anti-conscription speech in 1917 that led to her being arrested and charged with sedition.
The staged reading is a joint project between Matrix and the Swords into Plowshares Gallery and Peace Center. Actress Karen Kron will be playing the part of Emma.