Something You Did [Profs. on the Town]

1 Oct

This post is written by UHPer Carolyn Stalgaitis

Last Sunday, Professor Vann’s afternoon class of sophomores went to Theater J. That afternoon, the Jewish theater, located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, performed Something You Did.

This play is loosely based on the life of Kathy Boudin, a member of the radical liberal group Weather Underground that was responsible for domestic bombings in the 1970s and 80s.  The protagonist of the play, Alison, serves 35 years in jail for placing a bomb in a New York subway station that killed a black police officer.  She is up for parole, and meets with the police officer’s daughter in an attempt to apologize for her actions.  To bolster their case to the parole board, Alison’s lawyer brings former “Movement” member turned Glenn-Beck-parallel Gene in to jail to speak with Alison.  The two argue about Gene’s participation in buying the nails for the bomb that killed the police officer.  At her parole meeting, Alison finally admits to buying the nails for the bomb but does not reveal Gene’s part in the act, even though she knows that this would almost surely win her freedom.  The stage fades to black as Alison opens the decision of the parole board.  Following the play, we went to Kramer Books. Desserts and discussions of the play abounded.  A good time was had by all!


One Response to “Something You Did [Profs. on the Town]”


  1. Something You Did – Take II [Profs on the Town] « theUHP Blog - October 7, 2010

    […] went to Theater J to see the play Something You Did, about a 1960’s radical who has been locked up for decades after being found guilty for being an […]

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