The Woodshed will sponsor composer Jonathan Girling to come and develop music for the piece Bitter Flower which explores the relationship between Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Jane Adams. Bitter Flower, by Award-winning novelist and playwright Professor Jennifer Natalya Fink (Department of English & Program in Disability Studies), examines the racism of the White suffrage movement and the visionary work of Black suffragists. Professor Anita Gonzalez (TPST and African American Studies; co-founding leader of the Racial Justice Institute) will direct this workshop production, featuring original music by Jonathan Girling, whose work was recently heard on Broadway in The Kite Runner.
After each performance, the audience is invited to join for tea in the parlor with the cast and a special guest.
“I am hoping, Miss Adams, you can use your impressive voice to speak out against lynching.”