WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
The Good Fight is written by Anne Bertram, executive director of Theatre Unbound, a Minneapolis-St. Paul company devoted to work by and about women. Elizabeth Lovelady, a Jeff Award-winning artist based in Chicago, directs.
The Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), led by Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughter Christabel, was the primary militant group pushing for women's suffrage in the United Kingdom. Under the slogan "deeds, not words," the WSPU advocated targeting property as a form of protest, from smashing shop windows to burning and bombing buildings. Imprisoned WSPU members — including Pankhurst — launched hunger strikes, which were initially countered by the authorities with force-feeding; later, the government introduced the "Cat and Mouse Act," under which starving suffragettes were released, only to be re-imprisoned once regaining their health. To defend their leaders and comrades, the WSPU established "The Bodyguard" — a secret female security team trained in jiujitsu.