Miss Lulu Bett


Zona Gale

Directed By: 

Kathleen Brant+

A Main Stage Production
In The Main Stage Theater


April 3, 2010

In Celebration of Women's History Month

Spinsterhood seems to be Lulu's destiny, until an enthusiastic visitor proposes! Miss Lulu Bett is the first play written by a woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1921).

The WorkShop Theater Company first presented Miss Lulu Bett in late February of 2008 as part of Voices, Pertinent and Timeless a reading series, conceived by company artist Lori Faiella, featuring the first three Pulitzer Prize-winning plays by women. In January of 2009, the WorkShop Theater Company produced a staged reading of the play, directed by Debra Whitfield. Miss Lulu Bett's depiction of a woman discovering her independence was ground-breaking in 1921. Its world premiere took place on a temporary stage constructed at Sing Sing prison, after which it played on Broadway at the Belmont Theatre, produced by Brock Pemberton. In 1921, Zona Gale was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, becoming the first female writer to win the coveted prize. Miss Lulu Bett was then made into a silent film directed by William C. de Mille. Miss Gale also took an active part in the creation of the Wisconsin Equal Rights Law prohibiting discrimination against women.

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Talk Back With Pamela Cobrin

Join us Thursday, April 1, after the performance of Miss Lulu Bett, for a discussion with post-show guest speaker, Pamela Cobrin, who teaches writing and dramatic literature courses in the departments of English and Theatre and for the programs of Africana Studies and American Studies at Barnard College.

About Show: 


Mary Ruth Baggott
Dan Patrick Brady*
Kate Castañeda-La Mar
Anne Fizzard*
Michael Gnat*
Maya Jasinska
David M. Mead*
Gerrianne Raphael*
Laurie Schroeder*
Ben Sumrall*

Scenic Design:
Craig Napoliello

Costume Design:
Anna Gerdes

Lighting Design:
Diana Duecker

Sound Design:
Jeffrey Swan Jones

Production Stage Manager:
Patrick Clayton

Coordinating Producer:
Richard Kent Green

Press Representative:
Scotti Rhodes

ASM/Asst. Dir: Bob Stewart

Technical Director:
David M. Mead

Props Master:
Mick Bleyer

*Appearing courtesy of AEA, an Equity Approved Showcase
+Member SDC

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