Anne Bertram is a founding Artistic Associate of Theatre Unbound, a Minneapolis-St. Paul company devoted to work by and about women. She currently serves as Executive Director. Her work as a playwright has been seen in venues from off-Off Broadway to middle-school classrooms in Fargo, as well as Theatre Unbound bestsellers Murderess (2011) and The Good Fight (2012). Awards and commissions include Northwestern University’s Agnes Nixon Playwriting Award (for “lovehateforgive”), The Playwrights’ Center’s Jones Commission (for The Donner Gold), Studio Z’s Playwright in Electronic Residence Commission (for St. Luke’s), the Tennessee Williams One-Act Prize (for Liability), and the Babes With Blades Fighting Words New Play Development Program (for The Good Fight).
The Good Fight
London, 1913. Militants in the women’s suffrage movement have gone from breaking shop windows to bombing empty houses, but the government refuses to give women the vote. Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst is debilitated from prison hunger strikes. If she dies, there will be public turmoil. Twenty-six-year-old organizer Grace Roe is tapped to take the movement’s helm. After a demonstration ends in tragedy, Grace decides it’s time to change the suffragette commitment to doing violence only to property, and not to people. She organizes a bodyguard of women and enlists jujitsu teacher Edith Garrud to train them in martial arts. When Mrs. Pankhurst recovers and starts giving public speeches again, it’s the bodyguard against the bobbies.
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