A Message from Executive Director C. Morgan Grefe, Ph.D.

In the Mood for Convivial Conversation?

Join the Director, Producer, and Dramaturg from the Barker Playhouse for a casual conversation about

Clare Boothe Luce’s “The Women”

**Limited Availability**

The Women, a play by Clare Boothe Luce was originally banned by Providence censors for being “cheap, bawdy and lusty” in 1939. Although the current production at the Barker Playhouse had to be canceled this week, the original film is available on various streaming platforms for just $1.99.


It’s a star-studded and slightly snarky social commentary that will surely entertain.


Let’s watch on our own and then please join us with guests Director Patricia Hawkridge, Producer Elizabeth Messier, and Dramaturg Kristen Wiedel McGuirk from the Barker Playhouse for a lively discussion of the film and the play.


We will gather (virtually) at the original curtain time – 7:30 pm on Thursday March 26 via Zoom. It’s free and only requires an internet connection. Participation is limited and you’ll need the link to join.


Email to reserve your “seat.”


From the Film Archives of the

Mary E. Robinson Research Center:

As we mourn the current shutdown of our beloved theaters, film archivist Becca Bender shares a news clip documenting the temporary shut down of the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC). This site opened its doors in 1928 as the Loew’s State Theater, and was known over the years as the Palace Theatre, the Ocean State Theatre, the Ocean State Performing Arts Center, and since 1982 as the Providence Performing Arts Center.


This clip is from late 1975 when the Palace closed for renovations and originates from a WJAR Channel 10 news film at the RIHS Robinson Research Center. (RHiX_1986.93.6591).