On Thursday, April 17th the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts will present “Can’t Scare Me…The Story of Mother Jones,” a play drawn from Mother Jones’s autobiography, her letters, speeches, interviews and transcripts. Show starts at 7:30. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
Mother Jones was a voice we were never supposed to hear. She was old in a society fixated on youth, a woman in a society that honored men, poor in a society that revered wealth and an immigrant in a society that looked askance at those not native born. She was one of the earliest female organizers, worked tirelessly for 50 years, educating, agitating and organizing for the rights of workers and their families. She faced down guns and militias, was imprisoned time and again and spent months at a time in solitary confinement.
Mother Jones was known as the Miners’ Angel, the protector of children, and was denounced in the U.S. Senate as the most dangerous woman in America. Upton Sinclair said of her, “She had force, she had wit, but above all she had the fire of indignation. She was the walking wrath of God.” She’s is remembered for her unflinching courage and her clarion voice that spoke to working people of their human rights and dignity.
In “Can’t Scare Me,” the story of Mother Jones is brought to life by Obie Award winning actress, Kaiulani Lee.
Kaiulani Lee has more than thirty-five years of experience in theater, film and television. She has starred in over a dozen plays on and off- Broadway. She has been nominated for the Drama Desk Award on Broadway and has won the Obie Award for “Outstanding Off-Broadway Achievement.”
Lee has guest starred in numerous television series from “The Walton’s” to “Law and Order.” Her film work began with “The World According to Garp” and has continued through “A Civil Action” and “A Bird of the Air.” She portrayed Martha Ballard in the critically-acclaimed PBS film “A Midwife’s Tale.”
For the past twenty-two years Lee has been performing her one-woman play, “A Sense of Wonder,” based on the life and works of Rachel Carson. The play has been the centerpiece of regional and national conferences on conservation, education, journalism, and the environment. She has performed it at over one hundred universities, dozens of high schools, the Smithsonian Institute, the Albert Schweitzer Conference at the United Nations, at the Department of Interior’s 150th anniversary, and in 2007 performed on Capitol Hill, bringing Miss Carson’s voice once again to the halls of Congress.
“Can’t Scare Me…The Story of Mother Jones,” which opened in 2011 at the Atlas Theater in Washington D.C., is Lee’s second play. She tours both plays nationally and internationally.
The Unity College Center for the Performing Arts is located at 42 Depot St in downtown Unity. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit uccpa.unity.edu or call 207-509-7132. Built from a one hundred year-old barn with attached farmhouse, the UCCPA is a vibrant cultural and arts center that offers an eclectic mix of music, films, art, lectures, and other various events.