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be discussed by those of us who agreed to work on it, in terms of what
is suitable for this, that, or that, you know, in a review.” She said,
“You know, a big hit on Broadway is ‘A Chorus Line.’ That's really what
we're talking about, is something in which the workers express their
views and that we take from them, and then put it out.” Micki said,
“Hmm,” and she added some ideas. Ossie said, “Hmm, that's good,
and I have an idea.”
We began to sketch out the idea of the subjects. We put it all down,
and I said, “Look, let me think about it and let's have another
meeting.” I thought about it and discussed it with a couple of people --
with members and some other people -- and came back to another
meeting. By this time I was prepared. I said, “We would like it to be
limited to the experiences inside the hospitals, about the workers
themselves. We'd like it to deal with all kinds of workers in the hospital
-- nurses, service workers.” You know, representative. “We think we
could produce workshops. Who would lead the workshops?” Eve said,
“There's a young guy Louis Cole. I think I could get him to lead the
workshops.” “The writers ought to be invited to come in to the
workshop, to listen in. If you can possibly get someone to come in to
the workshops to take notes on it.” You know, I couldn't see
transcribing. I could see myself going crazy transcribing these things. I
got the publications department to agree that they would divide up to
come in and take notes, and type up the notes.
So there were no verbatim transcripts.
There are some verbatim transcripts. The second time around
there are verbatim transcripts. There are some verbatim transcripts,
but there are lots of notes -- lots of notes.
Let me stop you for one second. Who was Eve Merriam, and why
was she having such a great idea.?
Eve Merriam was on the advisory board.
I mean what was her background?
Poet, playwright. “Mother Goose Rhymes,” “In My Father's
House.” She's written a number of things that have been performed on
Broadway, off Broadway. She is very very very strong women's
activist, and was taken with the idea. I think she saw it as a good
thing for herself too. She wanted to devote time to it.
I was able to come back and say, “Okay, I think we can do two
workshops. I'm going to try to get maybe forty people. We'll sign up --
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