The play is the first spring production for ETOPiA: Engineering Transdisciplinary Outreach Project in the Arts, an outreach initiative that seeks to inspire cross-disciplinary dialogue about the role of science and technology in society.
Written by Northwestern University alumna Samantha Beach, Mill Girls is the story of a group of young women in the 1840s who leave home to work in a Lowell, Massachusetts textile mill. As industrialism mounts, the women spur a workers’ and women’s rights movement.
The event will run from April 30 to May 8 at 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays in the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center’s basement prototyping and fabrication lab. During the first weekend, actors will read from the scripts and sing to perform a working version of the musical. Using audience feedback, the writers will rework certain scenes and present a revised version during the second weekend.
The show is free. Visit ETOPIA's website to reserve a seat and to learn more about the show.