A while ago, I mentioned getting feedback from a fellowship application panel. This winter, I worked on revising the script based on their observations. The proof copy for the revised version arrived today. (The script is available here – or download it here.)
Sometimes in the midst of a revision, I’ll realize I already have the groundwork for a change I want to make. That happened this time. In the play, pacifist suffragettes make the decision to learn hand-to-hand fighting in order to protect their leaders. By embracing violence to this limited extent, did they risk betraying their dedication to peace?
When we first meet Cicely, the office girl, she wants to make sure everyone understands the dire consequences of not getting the expense reports to the accountant in a timely fashion.
If she doesn’t get them, she can’t prepare the monthly statement. If she can’t prepare the monthly statement, she can’t prepare the quarterly statement. If she can’t prepare the quarterly statement, we may as well just close the doors.
Who better to prophesy what may happen once the women learn to fight?
If you hit someone in self-defense, why not stab someone in self-defense? If you stab someone in self-defense, why not shoot someone in self-defense? If you shoot someone in self-defense, why not just build another dozen dreadnought ships?