Emma When You Need Her

A Devised Theatrical Celebration of the Life, Loves and Struggles of Infamous Anarchist, Emma Goldman


Co-produced by Shrewd Productions and Vortex Repertory

"I want freedom, the right to self-expression, everybody's right to beautiful, radiant things."
- Emma Goldman


In the last two decades, Emma Goldman has become a largely forgotten figure in history.  But in a world where a handful of rich men control the government, where women fight to control their bodies, and immigrants escaping war and poverty are met with fear and mistrust - well, it could be Austin, 2015 or New York, 1914, but whenever we are we need to find the crowd-charging, hard-writing, fast-dancing, freedom-fighting, anarchofeminist firebrand inside us all!   It’s time to answer the question, where, oh where is...


Emma When You Need Her

Created by the Ensemble 
Directed by Rudy Ramirez

Dramaturged and Assistant Directed by Madilynn Garcia
Costume Design by E.L. Hohn, Lighting Design by Patrick Anthony & Media Design by Kate Ducey

Stage Managed by Tamara Farley

Featuring Katie Baskerville, Susan Bennett, Samuel Blake, Shannon Grounds, Kevin Hippler, Nickclette Izuegbu, Keith Machekanyanga,  Jules Minkoff, Jesus Valles, and Tiffany Watson

Praise for "Emma When You Need Her"


“'Emma When You Need Her' is a piece bursting with energy and fire, a piece of dynamite and dance, celebrating the life of this history-making revolutionary, while always reminding us of the harsh things she went through, and the hard times our nation, and the world, were facing... It’s one of the most powerful pieces I’ve seen in some time, and one that I cannot recommend enough."
- Ryan E. Johnson, Austin Theatre Examiner


"Through the lens of Goldman's life, the play brings up some important questions about activism and revolution. What should we give up for the cause? What must never be given up? What makes life worth living? Who can we trust? How can we make sure everyone is included? “Beautiful things are not luxuries,” Goldman says. “Life would be unbearable without them.”
- Dana Sayre, The Horn


Graphic Design by Susan Bennett

© Shrewd Productions, Photos by Errich Petersen, Kimberley Mead, Maureen Martinez, Sara Erensoy, Tate English and Bret Brookshire


Shrewd Productions is a sponsored project of the Austin Creative Alliance.
This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.  Visit Austin at


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