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"Jane Addams and the Devil Baby"

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Gage, Carolyn (American playwright, March 14, 1952- ), "Jane Addams and the Devil Baby,"

a 20-minute drama in English set in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., 1912,


© 1994, script/rights available from Carolyn Gage, 136 Nichols St. #1, Lewiston, Maine 04240, U.S.A., telephone 207-782-5521, e-mail, Cited by playwright July 3, 1997, and updated April 15, 1998, July 30, 1998, and March 25, 1999; Gage says,

Dramatis Personae Jane Addams (f), 50s; Mary Rozet Smith (f), 40s, Jane's partner; Kathleen (f), old Irish woman.

Synopsis In 1912, Jane Addams was witness to a strange phenomenon, as thousands of immigrants flocked to Hull House in response to the rumor that a 'Devil Baby' was there. The Devil Baby was supposedly an infant with hooves, horns, and a tail. According to folk myths, this incarnation of the devil was the result of a drunken husband's curse that he would rather see a devil in the house than another baby. Jane confronts an elderly Irish woman who has broken into Hull House with the single-minded intention of gaining access to the Devil Baby. The woman is not to be deterred, and Jane matches wits with her in her attempt to find an explanation for this strange obsession which seems to have taken possession of half Chicago.

Comment Jane Addams (1860-1935) was an American social worker. See Catalog of Lesbian Plays by Carolyn Gage.

Themes biography, female homosexuality, Hull House, Jane Addams, immigrant, lesbian, mania, mythology, phenomenon, Satan.

See also Carolyn Gage's

  • "Louisa May Incest," a 30-minute drama in English set in Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 1868, 2f
  • "Mason-Dixon," a 35-minute drama in English set in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania U.S.A., 1865, 2f
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