Inside the “Most Dangerous Women”


Look out Milwaukee. The “Most Dangerous Women” is set to hit the stage Friday April 22 at The Marquette University’s Evan P. & Marion Helfaer Theatre.

This performance celebrates 100 years of the international women’s peace movement by using headlines, speeches, memoirs, poems and plenty of songs to depict the story of the movement.

Many of the activists who founded Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) worked for peace during the World War I era were called “dangerous.” The activists were a threat because they questioned the status quo, and wanted to see a different kind of world in which conflicts are solved without resorting to war.

Jan Maher, who co-wrote the play with Nikki Kojima, said,“We decided to use the title ‘Most Dangerous Women’ because of the irony that it is women who are working for peace who are considered dangerous,” said Maher.

In 2006, the first edition of the book was released with the play and supporting chapters including how to produce/perform readers’ theater plays.

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Students enrolled in the Women Peace and Conflict course during the Fall 2015 semester were asked to develop a resource guide, “that would go with the play and also be available online for those who need it,” said Lynne Worhle, professor of Sociology.

In the Spring 2016, Worhle’s graphic design class created the resource guide and its cover for the local performances. Worhle will be sitting on the talk back panel after the performances.

Also, there will be mentions of Annette Roberts, a peace activist who was revered by the Milwaukee community.

“When the show is produced in a particular community, we like to insert a line or two that honors someone who is local and qualifies as a dangerous woman,” said Maher.

There will be a talk-back following the performances with Maher and UWM Humanist Merry Wiesner-Hanks. Most Dangerous Women has re is a diverse cast of professionals and students that will be portraying dozens of women peace activists.

Tickets are available through the Helfaer Theatre Box Office.
Wheelchair access is available but limited, make arrangements by calling: 414-288-7505.
Marquette University’s Evan P. & Marion Helfaer Theatre

10:00 am, Friday, April 22 for student groups only
7:30 pm, Friday, April 22
7:30pm, Saturday, April 23
2:30pm, Sunday, April 24

Brought to you by The Milwaukee Public Theater, Marquette Theater and The Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).

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