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 was presented at Unity Somerville, 6 William Street, Somerville, MA 02144.

The performance space is not wheelchair-accessible.

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.


Claude Cahun

Marcel Moore

Otto / Nigel / The Baron

Mrs. Isabella Wetherington / Edna / Nikki

Col. Knackfuss / Jeremy / Peter

Martha Putnam Sites

Catherine Bromberg

Justus Perry

Marty Mason

David Policar

Production Team


FirstWorks Program Director

Jess Viator

Vickie Wu