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.
Performances will take place Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $10. The Matrix is located at 2730 Bagley in Detroit. For more information, call 313-967-0599 or visit Matrix’s website.