Theater for the New Cty
CROSSING PATHS IN WASHINGTON SQUARE
Written by Barbara Kahn
Cast: Ben Davis, Sasha Diamond, Robert Gonzales Jr., Bob Homeyer, Noelle LuSane, Mali MacConnell, Steph Van Vlack and Fatma Yalcin
Crossing Paths in Washington Square captures Greenwich Village as it was in 1913--racially, economically and culturally diverse.
Lily: I used to wonder how the women who came to the settlement house to do good deeds would feel if they were turned away because they were rich or white or worshipped at the wrong church.
Morrie: We should ban all the rich white people from the Village and the Lower East Side, make them deliver their charity by messenger.
Lily: Only dresses of muslin or cotton—no silks allowed.
Morrie: I can see it now—a whole host of rich ladies dressed in clothes borrowed from their maids or nannies begging to be allowed to go south of Eighth Street.
Lily: Or east of Broadway…
Morrie: But we’ll ban them from the Bowery…tell them they don’t belong here.
Lily: They should stick to their own kind.
Morrie: Learn to speak proper English.
Lily: Know their place.
Morrie: Don’t go where they’re not wanted.
Lily: Be a credit to their race.
Morrie: Behave themselves.
Lily: But still, we won’t let them in.