Girls risk their reputations for love, science and suffrage. Spartanburg Community College theatre students will perform the play, Blue Stockings, an emotional story of the struggles women faced to achieve equality in higher education in the Victorian era of British history. Community residents are invited to attend.
Written by Jessica Swale and set in Victorian England, the play covers an academic year where female students fight to be acknowledged as academic scholars. Tess Moffat and her peers are referred to as "blue stockings," a term used to describe educated women during that time period. Facing conflicts both inside and outside of Cambridge University, these female students show their unwavering grit and determination to gain the right to graduate.
Emily Grigg, SCC's humanities academic director and play director explains the purpose of the production, "While Blue Stockings focuses on gender equality in education, I want audiences to recognize the very existence of Spartanburg Community College is because community leaders, elected officials, students and educators in the past made it possible for us to have open enrollment, thereby opening a previously closed to door to education for so many. Because of this, current students and community members should recognize the amazing privilege we now have -- access to higher education regardless of gender, race, religion, age and/or income level."
Blue Stockings will be performed by Spartanburg Community College theatre students on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 14-15-16 at 7:00 pm in the auditorium at the SCC Downtown Campus (220 East Kennedy Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302). Tickets are $4.00 for students, faculty and staff and general admission tickets are $8.00. Tickets will be sold at the door for cash only, one hour prior to curtain starting at 6:00 pm.
For more information about SCC's Blue Stockings play, please contact Emily Grigg, SCC's Humanities academic director at (864) 592-4297 or firstname.lastname@example.org.