SHE DIED FOR OUR CONVENIENCE
A Choral Haunting at Paragon Mill
Providence, Rhode Island
May 4, 2019
Strange Attractor Theatre Company
Directors: Jed Hancock-Brainerd & Rebecca Noon
Composer & Choral Director: Chrissy Wolpert
Costume Designer & Fabricator: Priscilla Carrion
Project Consultant/Button Designer & Fabricator: Emily Shapiro
Project Consultant/Sound & Documentation: Andy Russ
Photos by Maxwell Snyder
We are surrounded by ghosts. We hear their stories through the objects, buildings, and traditions they’ve left behind. She Died for Our Convenience was a one-night-only choral haunting concerning the women who worked from 1898-1960 in the textile mill at the Earnscliffe Woolen Mill/Paragon Worsted Co. on Manton Ave in the Olneyville neighborhood in Providence, RI.
On the evening of May 4, 2019 we encountered a large community chorus, led by Chrissy Wolpert, singing melodies dedicated to the women at the very place they labored. We endeavored to sing the songs to unsung labor, while remembering that we are all but tomorrow’s ghosts.