The Chicago stockyards are a famous, even infamous, part of Chicago history. But did you know that nearly half of the stockyards' workforce was women? We at Stockyards Theatre Project have a particular affection for those women, from whom we derived our name. We want to give voice to their stories.
We sent out a call for one act plays about the women who worked in the Chicago stockyards, and we presented these scripts in a series of staged readings. These plays came from all over the country, but they contained a through line that worked wonderfully as the plays were placed alongside each other in this reading series, which took place during Women’s History Month in March.
"Bubbly Creek" by Benjamin Adair Murphy
"Caprice" by Lisa Scott
"Hickory Dickory Dock!" by Jacalyn M. Kalin
"Mixed Blessings" by Ellen Greenwald
"Our Daily Walk" by Earlene M. Strickland
"Rosie's Dream" by Nancy Gall-Clayton
"The Welfare of Junie Monroe" by Beth Danesco
These readings were graciously hosted by Cafe Ballou, at 939 N. Western Ave. in Chicago's Ukrainian Village.