Dorothea Puente Tells All!
“FIVE STARS ...a carefully orchestrated script by playwright Mark Loewenstern, who skillfully tap dances through the many conflicting layers of Puente.”
"It's an indictment of a social system that too easily ignores or loses track of the old, the infirm and the emotionally challenged... Her story is important and there is much to be learned from it.”
Near Nellie Bly
Nellie Bly, aspiring daredevil reporter, went undercover in an insane asylum on Blackwell's Island (now Roosevelt Island) in New York City, 1887. There she befriended a patient named Anne Neville. After 10 days, Nellie was released. Anne stayed. This play tells the above story from Anne Neville’s perspective, and through her, it explores the relationship between women and work, from prehistoric times to 1887 to today. In doing so, Near Nellie Bly strives to show not what Nellie Bly did, but rather, WHY what Nellie Bly did was important.