Lucía: Has hope truly died?

A play featuring the life, poetry, and articles of Lucía Sánchez Saornil and the Mujeres Libres

by Stardust Doherty

Languages: English (this page), Español, Français, Português Brasileiro

Synopsis of Play

Reaching adulthood in a tumultuous period leading up to the Spanish Civil War and Social Revolution in the 1930s, lesbian anarchist revolutionary Lucía Sánchez Saornil joins anarchists organizing in the Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT, National Confederation of Labor). Women organizers, including Lucía’s friends Mercedes Comaposada and Amparo Poch y Gascón and her lover América Barroso, experience gender-based oppression both within and outside of the anarchist worker movement.

Debating anarchist male leadership and seeking to center the movement on women’s liberation as well as class issues, they are inspired to form an intersectional women’s movement organization called Mujeres Libres (“Free Women”). Through the chaos of war and the resulting strain on their relationships, their personal and collective struggles for liberation in a period of rising fascism foreshadow and parallel our struggles today.

Lucía is available in four language versions:

Content Warnings

This play includes depictions and reenactments of scenes of military action, massacre, and war, including weapons fire and burning of a building, as well as erotic poetry, mentions of prostitution, and scenes of harassment of women. Depending on the production, there may be flashing lights.

Publish or Per…form

If you would like to read the script with the intention of performing and/or publishing the play, please contact the playwright Stardust (click on link to email).

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