Lillian Wald: At Home on Henry Street

Patricia Elliot as Lillian Wald

Lillian D. Wald, pioneering public health nurse, social reformer and peace activist, created the Henry Street Settlement, Visiting Nurse Service, Neighborhood Playhouse, public playgrounds, school lunches and countless other visionary and urgent “firsts.”

The play is set at dawn May 8, 1916 in Wald’s office/sitting room at the Henry Street Settlement on New York City’s Lower East Side. She is preparing to lead a peace delegation to the White House where she hopes to convince President Woodrow Wilson to keep the U.S. from entering the war.

The play was commissioned and produced by Woodie King, Jr. to celebrate the centennial of the settlement house movement in 1986 (New Federal Theatre’s principal performance venue was at the Henry Street Settlement House that Wald founded),

Presented as part of the 1986-87 Season

Artist Credits

Credit Artist Photo
Playwright Clare Coss
Director Bryna Wartman
Set Designer Richard Harmon
Lighting Designer Jackie Manasee
Costume Designer Gail Cooper Hecht Gail Cooper Hecht
Sound Designer Linda Burns
Actor Patricia Elliot

All 1986-87 Season productions: