This blog is documenting the research process for a new play, to be produced by The Anthropologists June 5-21, 2009 at the Milagro Theater in NYC's Lower East Side. Tickets can be purchased here.
In May 2008, director and playwright Melissa Fendell was listening to author Raj Patel being interviewed on NPR about his new book, Stuffed and Starved. When asked about examples of social actions related to price-gouging, he mentioned the 1917 food riots led by women in New York City.
Armed with only this piece of information we have set off on a journey to explore this little-known but important moment in New York history, while simulaneously using it as a lens to explore current social, political and economic conditions.