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Molly's Hammer, a play by Tammy Ryan

Synopsis: Molly's Hammer

1 female, 2 male

World premier at The Repertory Theater of St Louis March 9-27, 2016

In 1980, Molly Rush, a Pittsburgh housewife and mother of six, walked into a G.E. plant in King of Prussia, PA and took a hammer to the nosecone of a nuclear warhead in protest of the buildup of our nuclear arsenal. She and her fellow activists, The Plowshares 8 went to trial and spent time in prison, and the world was pulled back from the brink of nuclear annihilation for the time being. Molly’s Hammer is the fictionalized story of these events told through the lens of Molly's marriage and the competing narratives of Molly and her husband Bill, a working class pipe draftsman who’s only goal is to stop his wife from sacrificing herself to save the world. Inspired by the book Hammer of Justice, by Liane Ellison Norman.

Written with the supported by a 2013 Pittsburgh Artist Region grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation and Heinz Endowments and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

  • Nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

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