Haymarket Eight

by  Jessica Thebus, Dereck Goldman

Full Length Play, Drama  /  6m, 3f

During the mid-1800's, unfair and dangerous work conditions sparked labor struggles and Chicago was ablaze. The Haymarket Riot and the subsequential trial was the focus of the nation. With this tumultuous period blazing around them, a young couple dares to fall in love.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre

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    Period
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

Steppenwolf Theatre Company staged this play as part of its Chicago Stories Series to great acclaim. During the mid-1800's, unfair and dangerous work conditions sparked labor struggles and Chicago was ablaze. The Haymarket Riot and the subsequential trial was the focus of the nation. With this tumultuous period blazing around them, a young couple dares to fall in love. But the infamous bombing at a labor rally in Haymarket Square forces the reporter to investigate the wrongfully convicted bombers. The lives of eight men are in the balance and this reporter puts his life on the line to try and clear their names.
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Keywords

Love, Politics

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting: Mid 1800s, Chicago.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Chorus Size: Medium

Casting

6m, 3f

THE MAN - A young journalist.
THE WOMAN - A young woman of Chicago.
ALBERT PARSONS, ENSEMBLE - A labor organizer.
LUCY PARSONS, ENSEMBLE - His wife, an Africa-American activist.
NINA VAN ZANDT, ENSEMBLE - A Chicago socialite.
CAPTAIN BLACK, ENSEMBLE - A lawyer; a civil war veteran.
CAPTAIN BONFIELD, ENSEMBLE - A police captain with a violent reputation.
JULIUS GRINNELL, ENSEMBLE
LOUIS LINGG, ENSEMBLE
CHORUS

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Expandable casting

Casting Notes

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Authors

Jessica Thebus

Jessica Thebus

Dereck Goldman

Dereck Goldman

Haymarket Eight first premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company as part of its Chicago Stories Series in May 1999.

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