Northampton Center for the Arts is proud to present: Red Flame, a dance-play.
This is an hour-long, history-based, interactive dance-play. Anne Burlak Timpson was known as the "Red Flame." Performer, descendant of Anne and creator of the dance-play, Jayme Timpson Winell, explores multiple sides of Anne's life and engages audience members to think about current struggles.
Sliding Scale Tickets $15-30, Students & Seniors $12
Community Tickets Available as well!
(if someone pays upper range of the sliding scale, someone else can get in for way cheaper or free)
Proceeds go to Pioneer Valley Workers Center!!
Anne was a remarkable organizer. Her papers ended up at the Sophia Smith Archives. Here's a snippet of her short bio:
"Anne Burlak returned to the north and organized workers in the mills of Rhode Island and New Bedford, Fall River and Lawrence, Massachusetts. It was during the 1931-32 Lawrence textile strike that she acquired the nickname, "The Red Flame." When Edith Berkman and the other two organizers were arrested in 1931, Burlak was asked to go to Lawrence to take charge of the strike. A local minister had already labeled Berkman the "Red Flame from hell" and when Burlak came into town to replace Berkman, the headline in a Lawrence newspaper said, "One Red Flame goes to jail and another one rises in her place!" In spite of the fact that the media often claimed that Burlak had red hair and/or wore outrageous red clothing, the origin of her nickname had nothing to do with her physical appearance.
At the age of 21 Anne Burlak was elected the National Secretary of the National Textile Workers' Union, the first American women to hold such a high post in a labor union. Immigration authorities tried to deport her, but they were forced to release her when a baptismal certificate proved her citizenship."
More here: https://asteria.fivecolleges.edu/findaids/sophiasmith/mnsss189_bioghist.html