As a visiting artist in Brian Shaw’s theater history course at Columbia College in August-November 2013, I created Town Bloody Hall: A Re-enactment and Discussion, a recreation of a 1971 confrontation between Norman Mailer and four prominent feminists: Germaine Greer, Jill Johnston, Diana Trilling and Jacqui Ceballos. It was, in fact, a re-creation of a Pennebaker/Hedegus documentary of the event, released in 1979.
Feminists and others from all over Chicago with the students. Almost 200 attended. Scroll down for documentary footage from the event, the script and a YouTube link to the documentary.
Re-enacters at Columbia College Chicago. Photo: Shana East
21st Century Feminism has come to Chicago in a variety of arts and cultural events. On November 4, Jessica Peri Chalmers staged a re-enactment of the famous event, Town Bloody Hall at Columbia College Chicago with faculty and…
The event will begin with a re-enactment/reading by Columbia students and faculty followed by a discussion with students and “resonators” who will speak very briefly on the character with whom they have been paired.
This is the entire video of the film lasting approximately 80 minutes. The 25-min. script we will be using on Nov. 4th is here. Some background readings on the event can be found here. Other video of interest: