The Elite Theatre Company is proud to announce its upcoming production of The Trial of Mother Jones, a drama by Roger Holzberg directed by Angela DeCicco, presented on The Elite's Main Stage, January 19th – February 18th, 2024, performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm, with Sunday matinees at 2 pm. There will be a special Thursday night performance on February 15th.
Real events inspire the Trial of Mother Jones. Mary Harris Jones was born in Cork, Ireland in 1837. The dream of a better life brought her to America. As the first female organizer for the United Mine Workers, she battled for the rights of American workers until shortly before her death at the age of 93.
It's 1914, and The Colorado Coalfield War, the bloodiest labor dispute in U.S. history, is raging. A 77-year-old Irish hellraiser named Mother Jones issues a call to arms, summoning 500,000 union miners to rise up and fight against a renegade National Guard unit run by Lt. "Jesus Christ" Linderfelt. Her battle cry, "Pray for the dead… and fight like hell for the living!" A few nights later she's ambushed in a union meeting hall by Clarence Darrow, John Mitchell (U.M.W. President), and John D. Rockefeller Jr., in a desperate attempt to stop her.
During this participatory production, the audience assumes the role of the American workers called to this union hall to help decide the fate of Mother Jones, answering a question for the ages: At what point do you pick up a gun and go to war with your own countrymen?
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