On Her Shoulders Reading: Olympe de Gouges
Join New Perspectives Theatre Company for a virtual reading of Olympe de Gouges' 1790 play THE NECESSITY OF DIVORCE.
Written in 1790, The Necessity of Divorce is a comedy in which an incorrigibly roving husband realizes how much he loves his wife when he learns that divorce will soon be legal. The need for divorce had been promoted throughout the Enlightenment period of the 18th Century, but it was an especially hot topic in newly Revolutionary France. Those who advocated for divorce saw themselves as a "physicians of marriage"; divorce could heal an ailing institution. De Gouges' script precedes the enactment of progressive divorce laws by two years, and it conveys her own feelings about marriage. After the death of her much older husband, whom she had been forced to marry, she remained single and independent for the rest of her life, even though she had a long-term romantic relationship. Considered her best play, The Necessity of Divorce was nonetheless never produced in her lifetime.
Venue: New Perspectives Theatre Company
456 W 37th St
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