HAYMARKET

The Alchemy Theatre Company of Manhattan presents

HAYMARKET
By ZAYD DOHRN
Directed by ROBERT SAXNER

The Beckett Theatre
410 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues)

December 8-23, 2005

Set Design: HEIDI MEISENHELDER
Lighting Design: STEPHEN SAKOWSKI
Costume Design: VICTORIA TZYKUN
Costume Supervisor: GEORGE ALBERTO PIRES
Original Music and Sound Design: HADDON GIVENS KIME
Production Stage Manage: NOEL WEBB
Technical Director: TAD CLAY
Press Representative: KEVIN P. McANARNEY/KPM ASSOCIATES
Media Consultants: ECOMMERCE PARTNERS

CAST

Lucy Parsons.................................SQUEAKY MOORE
Henry Gahagan.............................MORGAN BAKER
Albert Parsons.............................DENNIS McNITT
Mary Catherine Barrett...............BIRGIT HUPPUCH
Carter Harrison...........................D. ZHONZINSKY
Charles Spierling.........................JUDSON JONES
John Bonfield...............................MORGAN BAKER
William Black................................D. ZHONZINSKY
Jenny Hoan...................................BIRGIT HUPPUCH
Daniel Hoan...................................JUDSON JONES
Joseph Gary..................................MORGAN BAKER

Zayd Dohrnís HAYMARKET is based on an actual bombing that occurred in 1886 at Chicagoís Haymarket Square. Anarchists rallied in support of an eight-hour day, and when police tried to disperse the crowd, a dynamite-packed sphere was thrown. Policemen and civilians lost their lives, and eventually eight of the anarchists were indicted for conspiracy to commit murder. Four of these anarchists were hung.

HAYMARKET depicts the effects of this event on the lives of hanged anarchist Albert Parsons (Dennis McNitt) and his wife Lucy (Squeaky Moore). The story is told through the disturbed and troubled eyes of their daughter Lucy (Moore), who at the age of eighteen was institutionalized in a mental institution and definitely paid for the sins of her father. The drama unfolds through flashbacks and hallucinatory visits from Albert and victims of the bombing. The storyline is captivating, made more so by the fact that itís based on true events. Direction by Robert Saxner skillfully interweaves the many scenes and different characters so that the tale can be experienced from both sides, and fabulous costumes by Victoria Tzykun authenticate the time period.

The only thing missing in HAYMARKET is the passion that created the incident. What caused ordinary men speaking out on behalf of beleaguered workers to step over the line? You get a hint that perhaps it was a result of an over-reaction by the police, but not enough of a hint to take sides. And perhaps that is the intention of HAYMARKET - to present the story equitably so that one does not have to take a stand. Instead, you are asked to remember that no participant or observer remained unscathed, and that the suffering was passed on to their families. Indeed, a victory, like so many of those that shaped our history, hard won.

- Laurie Lawson -

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