Paterson Falls by Rosemary McLaughlin

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.

Date: March 8 at 7:30 pm
Venue: Jersey City Theater Center – Show In Map
339 Newark Ave., Jersey City 07302
Tickets:  Available Here
About Rosemary McLaughlin

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.

About the New Jersey Women Playwrights Project

About the New Jersey Women Playwrights Project

The New Jersey Women Playwrights Project provides writers an opportunity to work on new plays with professional actors and directors in a 12-18 month development process. Now in Round Five, 18 writers are a part of this brilliant community. For more information on the NJWPP, click here.

About the New Jersey Theatre Alliance's Stages Festival
This event is presented as part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance‘s Stages Festival, a month-long celebration of theatre throughout the state. For more information on the New Jersey Theatre Alliance or the Stages Festival, click here or here respectively to visit their websites.