Githa Sowerby’s Rutherford and Son took London by storm in 1912, yet little is known about her compelling life story today. Writer Pat Riley shares the fascinating family background that informed Sowerby’s playwriting as well as key details of how Rutherford and Son first came to be staged.
Sowerby scholar-editor J. Ellen Gainor explores the British stage in the early 20th century and how Rutherford and Son emerged. She’ll discuss the economic, familial, and professional challenges women faced in the period, and how Sowerby’s plays engage these and other pressing social concerns that continue to resonate today.
Pat Riley is an independent writer and researcher, with special interests in theatrical and political history and family law. An update of her 2009 biography of Githa Sowerby, Looking for Githa (Stairwell Books; February 2019) includes new material and incorporates her recent research findings.
J. Ellen Gainor is Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University. She specialises in British and American theatre of the Modernist period, has written award-winning studies of George Bernard Shaw and Susan Glaspell, is an editor of the Norton Anthology of Drama, and has recently edited Githa Sowerby: Select Plays, forthcoming in 2019 from Broadview Press.
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