The Eagle and the Cactus
by Inez Hedges
directed by Jess Viator
Claude Cahun has been imprisoned on the Isle of Jersey along with her stepsister (and lover) for her resistance activities against the occupying German forces in 1944. She and her stepsister are condemned to death. It is the last year of the war and starvation haunts the whole island. One German officer, a baron, saves the inhabitants by appealing to the Red Cross. He also is at odds with his own side, since the aristocratic officers at this point are rebelling against Hitler. However, he confronts Cahun because he finds her actions objectionable. At the last minute the Germans lose the war and Cahun survives. The play is based on Cahun's own documents, writings, photographs, and prison letters.
About the Playwright: Inez Hedges is a relatively new playwright—her play on the French holocaust premiered at Northeastern University in 2007, and has since been produced at schools and synagogues in five states; the new play has a happier ending since it is about a resistance heroine (Claude Cahun, who is famous for her surrealist photography). Inez also is a member of Boston Playwrights' Platform.
ONE NIGHT ONLY! Thursday, February 25, 2016, at 8pm
Suggested Donation $5 - General Admission - No reservations required
FirstWorks: The Eagle and the Cactus will be presented at Unity Somerville, 6 William Street, Somerville, MA 02144
Please note that parking is by permit only on William St. General parking is available on College Ave. Please read signs carefully to avoid ticketing.
Otto / Nigel / The Baron
Mrs. Isabella Wetherington / Edna / Nikki
Col. Knackfuss / Jeremy / Peter
Martha Putnam Sites
FirstWorks Program Director