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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Well-Being: The Story of Lillian Wald

Sunday, June 28, 2:30pm

Lillian Wald (1867-1940) was the model of a Victorian-era lesbian active in the settlement house movement. She was an American heroine whose visionary leadership has affected us all. Jewish Theatre Collaborative joins the month long celebration of LGBTQ Pride by sharing her story in a free public performance.

June 28th at 2:30 PM
Milagro Theatre
525 SE Stark Street

This free, public performance of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Well-being: The Story of Lillian Wald is produced with support from the Equity Foundation.

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In 1893, Lillian Wald moved with her partner Mary Brewster to the Tenements of the Lower East Side of NY to bring assistance and public health education to the nation's most vulnerable populations. From there, her observation of the root causes of issues led her to advocate on issue after issue, piloting numerous programs that became institutionalized nationally. Lillian pioneered public nursing, founded the Henry Street House in NYC, and was behind many of the institutions we take for granted today, including school nurses and playgrounds in schools. Barely remembered, this performance introduced audiences to this unforgettable powerhouse of a woman, whose passion and persistence for change is contagious.

Jewish Theatre Collaborative invites the community to attend this free, entertaining, family-friendly play that celebrates Lillian's life and accomplishments. Recommended for audiences 9 through adult, the performance is a fast-paced 45 minutes. There will be an opportunity following the performance to reflect with pride on Lillian's contributions, to explore her model for problem solving (still relevant today) and to ask questions.

The performance was developed in collaboration with the Northwest Health Foundation to seamlessly blend history, civics, and health & wellness together with a heavy dose of comedy. Past audiences include public schools students, nursing students and healthcare professionals.


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