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ONE NIGHT ONLY! Thursday, February 25, 2016, at 8pm

FirstWorks: The Eagle & 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.

Suggested Donation $5 - General Admission - No reservations required


About the Show

The Eagle & 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.


Claude Cahun ..... Martha Putnam Sites
Marcel Moore ..... Catherine Bromberg
Otto/Nigel/The Baron ..... Justus Perry
Mrs. Isabella Wetherington/Edna/Nikki ..... Marty Seeger
Colonel Knackfuss/Jeremy/Peter ..... David Policar


Additional Information

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.

Program Director: Vickie Wu-Torpey

FirstWorks is Theatre@First's workshop program for new plays. With this program we aim to engage with Boston-area playwrights and support new works. One full-length play will be chosen for each session of FirstWorks. Playwrights will have the opportunity to gain feedback on their work from experienced directors and actors during the revision process, followed by a staged reading with feedback from our enthusiastic and insightful audience.