On Saturday, March 25, 1911, at 4:45 pm, someone started screaming “Fire!” on the 8th floor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory on the lower east side of Manhattan. Within10 minutes, 146 workers, most of them young women, most of them recent immigrants from some of the most oppressed countries in the world at the time, lay dead, either on the floor of the sweatshop, or on the street eight stories below. The Great Divide tells the story of just a few of these doomed workers, the lives they led, and the lessons they learned during their time in the American garment district.
Finalist for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s 2017 Jane Chambers Playwriting Award
Winner of the 2015 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition
Finalist in the 2015 Henley Rose Playwriting Competition for Women
Press from Toronto and London
Press about the 2015 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition
Productions & Readings:
Harold Green Jewish Theatre – Toronto, ON – April, 2020
Finborough Theatre – London, UK – September 4-20, 2016
Mad & Merry Theater Company – Women’s Histories Festival – New York, NY – December 15, 2014 (Reading)
Prairie Theatre Exchange – Carol Shields New Play Festival – Winnipeg, MB – May, 2014 (Reading)
To read this play, please contact my agent. It is also available on newplayexchange.org for people with memberships.