Lucía: But is it true that hope is not dead?
A play featuring the life and poetry of Lucía Sánchez Saornil and the Mujeres Libres
by Stardust Doherty
Synopsis of Play
Reaching adulthood in a tumultuous period leading up to the Civil War in Spain of the 1930s, lesbian militant 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 experience gender-based oppression from 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”). Their personal and collective struggles for liberation in a period of rising fascism foreshadow and parallel our struggles today.
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.