E.G.: A Musical Portrait of Emma Goldman

for female singer & male singing pianist



90' (2 acts) 22 numbers

alt. versions titled Emma Goldman in Exile or Scenes from the Life of Emma Goldman
for 3 female & 3 male singing actors (130') (2 acts, incl. more dialogue & ensembles)
book & lyrics with Karen Ruoff Kramer (except 7 numbers by composer alone)
music by Leonard Lehrman, op. 78

Performances watchable on YouTube:

Benefit for U.S. Americans for Peace, West Berlin, May 4, 1986,
on the 100th anniversary of the Haymarket Riot,
featuring soprano Elizabeth Parcells with Leonard Lehrman at the piano.
Go to playlist here, or click on individual excerpts:
Introduction & Overture - Scene 1 & Title Song - Russia - America - Haymarket - Where Do I Belong?
Quartet: Come the Revolution [also with Frohwalte Pilz & Uwe Sauerwein]
Act I Finale ["I Believe," "The Judith Dream," and "If I Can't Dance, It's Not My Revolution"]
Fathers and Sons - Ben Reitman Scene
Act II Finale [including bow by co-author, Karen Ruoff Kramer]

premiere of 6-person version, Libertarian Book Club, April 23, 1987
with Helene Williams, Pamela Sanabria, Sheila Dean Wormer
Douglas Kiddie, Don Catrone, Eugene Green, and the composer at the piano
Go to playlist here, or click on individual scenes and songs:
Overture & Credits - E.G. (title song) & opening scene - Descartes, My Marriage - Denaturalization
Russia - America - Haymarket - Emma's First Speech - Where Do I Belong? - Come the Revolution
Act I Finale: I Believe, Judith, If I Can't Dance - Entr'acte & E.G. Reprise
Interview with Consul Horatio Mooers - Sex - Triangular Love Duet
Fathers & Sons - Emma & Sasha - Ben Reitman Scene - Education, Vaudeville, Occupation - Convictions
Nicaragua, 1929 - A Woman Without A Country - Press Conference, NY, Feb. 1, 1934 - Act II Finale

Jewish Currents concert performance of 6-person version, Dec. 6, 1987
with Helene Williams, Pamela Sanabria, Sheila Dean Wormer
Douglas Kiddie, Mark Hoeler, and Eugene Green, with the composer at the piano
Go to playlist here, or click on individual scenes and songs:
Introduction by Isobel Pearlman - Introduction by Leonard Lehrman
Overture & Credits - E.G. (title song) & opening scene - Descartes, My Marriage - Denaturalization
Russia - America - Haymarket - Emma's First Speech - Where Do I Belong? - Come the Revolution
Act I Finale: I Believe, Judith, If I Can't Dance
Act II Introduction by Leonard Lehrman
Entr'acte & E.G. Reprise - Interview with Consul Horatio Mooers - Sex - Triangular Love Duet
Fathers & Sons - Emma & Sasha - Ben Reitman Scene - Education, Vaudeville, Occupation - Convictions
Nicaragua, 1929 - A Woman Without A Country - Press Conference, NY, Feb. 1, 1934 - Act II Finale

most recent complete NY performance at The Living Theatre, May 1, 2007,
presented by The Libertarian Book Club,
starring Helene Williams with the composer at the piano,
Susan Blake at the projector, and Carol Jochnowitz at the lightboard,
videotaped by Bill Castleman. Performance dedicated to the memory of Paul Avrich.
Go to playlist here, or click on individual scenes and songs:
Introduction, Overture, Scene 1 and Title Song
Marriage, Lenin, Haymarket
Where Do I Belong? & Come The Revolution
Act I Finale ["I Believe," "The Judith Dream," and "If I Can't Dance, It's Not My Revolution"]
Entr'acte, Sex, Fathers & Sons
Ben Reitman Scene - Isadora [Duncan], Sasha [Berkman], Roger [Baldwin]
Convictions, Act II Finale [Anarchism, Birth Control, Conscription Resistance;
"E.G.", "If I Can't Dance, It's Not My Revolution," "I Believe," and "Come the Revolution"]
Emma Goldman in NY, 1934 (press conference)
Discussion at The Living Theatre
with Leonard Lehrman, Helene Williams, Susan Blake, Bill Castleman, Judith Malina, and others.


excerpts performed at Halifax Summer Opera Workshop, July 28, 2012:
Introduction - Leonard Lehrman
Where Do I Belong? - Helene Williams
If I Can't Dance - Rachel Wood, Allison Mills, Laura Noack


other excerpts:
"Come the Revolution" performed
Aug. 8, 2010 by Leonard Lehrman, Helene Williams, Faith Steinsnyder & Charles Osborne
Dec. 2, 2012 by Leonard Lehrman, Helene Williams, Hannah Spierman & Benjamin Spierman
"Where Do I Belong?" performed by Helene Williams
June 17, 2010 (in memory of Howard Zinn); Nov. 20, 2011; Apr. 1, 2012







previewed by US Americans for Peace and at Stanford University in Berlin 5/86

completion commissioned by Bel Canto Opera Workshop et al, 1986-87

1987 performances: Herbert Liebman Memorial Concerts, Vladeck Auditorium (Bronx);
WBAI, WEVD interviews;
Workmen's Circle Branch (Manhattan); Alchemical Theater (Manhattan);
Cornell University (Barnes Hall); SUNY-Cortland;
Fine Arts Museum of Long Island (Hempstead) [photo by N.S. Lehrman, above]; Jewish Currents Concert

1989 performances: Temple Emanuel (sponsored by University of Lowell), Lowell, Mass.;
Community Church of Boston; Boston University; Harvard College (Adams House);
Brandeis University Festival (The Tower)

1990 performances: Columbia University; Queens College; Wellesley College;
Bryant Library, Roslyn; WQXR's "The Listening Room"; Midtown YM-YWHA (Manhattan);
WESPAC (White Plains Unitarian Church);
International Institute for Social History, Amsterdam;
E.&W. Berlin; Paris Cabaret; Dartmouth College

1991 performances: Ethical Culture Society of N.Y. City; Peninsula Library, Lawrence, L.I.;
McCormick Auditorium, Norris Center, Northwestern University (National Opera Assn convention);
WFMT interview with Studs Terkel;
American University, Kreeger Music Building, McDonald Recital Hall - (Jewish Studies Program);
San Francisco Modern Language Association Convention - Noe Valley Ministry, U.C./Berkeley
KPFA interview with Dennis Bernstein

1992 performances: Alexander Berkman Conference, Pittsburgh;
UMass/Amherst Marxism and the New World Order Conference

1994 performance [program cover below]: C.W. Post College
(School of Education, Library School Student Assn, McGrath Fund)

2007 performances:

Fri. Mar. 9, 8pm The Puffin Room*, 435 Broome St., Manhattan $15
Sun. Mar. 11, 3pm Great Neck House FREE
Fri. Mar. 16, 8pm PeaceSmiths, Amityville $8
Sun. Mar. 25, 3pm Long Beach Library FREE
Sun. Apr. 29, 4pm Puffin Cultural Forum, Teaneck NJ $5
Tue. May 1, 8pm Libertarian Book Club at The Living Theatre*, 21 Clinton St., Manhattan $10
all with Susan Blake at the slide projector, and *Carol Jochnowitz running lights

2009 performance:

Tue. May 26, 5:30pm FREE
Rosenwald Gallery, 6th floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
University of Pennsylvania, 3420 Walnut St., Philsdelphia
A Celebration of The Women's Section of the
Walter J. Lear U.S. Health Activism History collection
of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Rare Book & Manuscript Library
and the U.S. Health Left History Center

Excerpts "I Believe," "Judith" and "If I Can't Dance"
performed at Weill Recital Hall 6/14/89
"Where Do I Belong" performed widely;
also as part of Jewish Woman in Song program
"Where Do I Belong?" (2'43") & "If I Can't Dance" (2'16") AMC
recorded by Helene Williams & composer on Songs of Conscience cassette 3/91 & CD 6/03

inspired by Howard Zinn's play Emma

[Howard Zinn with Helene & Leonard at Brandeis, 3/20/89]

endorsed by the late Paul Avrich

[at Workmen's Circle, 4/23/87]