Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Free for Unity College Students
Less than a hundred years ago, two million American children worked countless hours for as little 10 cents a day – their parents worked in coal mines and textile mills with no job security, few protections and no legal right to organize. Thankfully much has changed. One of the principal reasons was an Irish-American firebrand named Mother Jones.
Born in Ireland, Mother Jones survived the potato famine and after emigrating to the US, she lived through the Civil War and the great Chicago fire. Her personal life mirrored the tragedies about her. She lost not only her husband, but all four of her small children. Unable to save her own family she would dedicate her life to protecting and saving others.
For fifty years she organized miners in West Virginia and Colorado, steelworkers in Pennsylvania and Ohio; she worked for rail workers, organized in the breweries and cotton mills. She became the face of the labor movement, crossing back and forth across America. She committed her life to workers and their families. When asked where she resided she responded "all over this country, wherever there is a good fight against wrong. My address is like my shoes; it travels with me." She spoke to sold out houses at Carnegie Hall, testified before Congress and met with four of our presidents.
Shortly after her death in 1930 Congress passed federal legislation protecting the rights of American workers. With a nation in crisis, labor on the ropes and the gap between rich and poor growing by the day – her words once again ring true and clear.
Mother Jones is brought to life by Obie Award winner, Kaiulani Lee. The play is drawn from Mother Jones's autobiography, her letters, speeches, interviews and transcripts.
MORE ABOUT KAIULANI LEE
Kaiulani Lee has more than thirty-five years of experience in theater, film and television. Ms. Lee has starred in over a dozen plays on and off- Broadway. She has been nominated for the Drama Desk Award on Broadway and has won the Obie Award for “Outstanding Off-Broadway Achievement.”
Ms. Lee has guest starred in numerous television series from “The Walton's” to “Law and Order.” Her film work began with “The World According to Garp” and has continued through “A Civil Action” and “A Bird of the Air.” She portrayed Martha Ballard in the critically-acclaimed PBS film "A Midwife’s Tale."
For the past twenty-two years Kaiulani has been performing her one-woman play, A Sense of Wonder, based on the life and works of Rachel Carson. The play has been the centerpiece of regional and national conferences on conservation, education, journalism, and the environment. She has performed it at over one hundred universities, dozens of high schools, the Smithsonian Institute, the Albert Schweitzer Conference at the United Nations, at the Department of Interior’s 150th anniversary, and in 2007 performed on Capitol Hill, bringing Miss Carson’s voice once again to the halls of Congress. A Sense of Wonder has played in every Provence of Canada, in England, Italy, India, and Japan.
In 2007, Bill Moyer's celebrated Ms Lee's work with an hour-long interview on Bill Moyer's Journal." A Sense of Wonder" was later filmed by award winning cinematographer, Haskel Wexler, featured at film festivals across the U.S. Canada and Japan and aired nationally on PBS.
In 2011, Miss Lee's second play, "Can't Scare Me...The Story of Mother Jones," opened at the Atlas Theater in Washington D.C. Kaiulani now tours both plays nationally and internationally.
Ms. Lee earned her B.A. from American University, and studied acting with Lee Strasberg, Sandy Meisner, Uta Hagen, and Jerzy Grotowski. She has been a full time adjunct professor at George Mason University from 1997 to the present. She taught at NYU's Kanbar Institute of Film and Television for four years and for the past twenty years has taught master classes at universities across the country.
Kaiulani is the recipient of two Honorary Doctorates from Bowdoin and Unity Colleges, for her contribution to and excellence in the arts.
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