As a part of New Play Festival in partnership with Writers Theatre of NJ and JCTC presents New Jersey Women Playwrights. Paterson Falls by Rosemary McLaughlin will be presented on March 8, 2017@7:30PM / Talk-Back with playwright, director and the cast after the reading.
Paterson Falls by Rosemary McLaughlin
Writers Theatre 2016-17 Participant in the NJ Women Playwrights Program
NJ State Council on the Arts 2015 Playwriting Fellow
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Paterson NJ was a major silk manufacturing city, containing at its peak nearly 20 silk mills or silk-related industries. While the city, designed by Alexander Hamilton in 1792 with his investment group, the Society of Useful Manufacturers, had a booming economy, it was built on the backs of poorly-paid immigrant, women, and child-labor. In 1913, a group of striking silk workers joined with artists, intellectuals and Village Bohemians from New York City in what was known as the Paterson Silk Strikes. Unable to get the attention of the press, who were on friendly terms with the mill owners, Mabel Dodge and John Reed partnered with IWW leaders Bill Haywood and Elizabeth Gurly Flynn to create the Paterson Pageant, a recreation of the strike at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Paterson Falls chronicles this key event in US Labor history.
Rosemary McLaughlin is a 2015 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Playwriting Fellow. She has previously won fellowships both in playwriting and poetry. Her plays have been produced in New York, New Jersey and around the country. Recent ones include A More Opportune Time, a free adaptation of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, set during the 2008 presidential election and Paterson Falls, which was commissioned by Writers Theatre of New Jersey. Paterson Falls is part one of The American Moment trilogy, about silk strikes, saloons, the discovery of Eugene O’Neill and the American Theatre finding its voice.
Along with these recent epic plays, Rosemary has experimented with shorter forms. In Sensitive, which premiered at Cincinnati’s SHEtheatre, a woman discovers her home intruder is a police officer. In Can-Can, performed at Cathedral Arts Live, a woman on the brink of an auspicious birthday commandeers a live production, holding dancers and musicians at bay.
Other plays include Totally Not Liam (Speranza Theatre); Standing in the Shadows (Wings Theatre); Voices Carry (Drew University); Motherless Child (Chicago Cooperative Stage); Horsefeathers; The Raw and the Cooked (Hallie Flanagan Play Series).
Rosemary is a professor of Theatre and Dance at Drew University where she directs the Playwriting program. A member of the Dramatists Guild and the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, Rosemary received her MFA from Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts.