The Pinks: A Civil War Historical Fiction



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Meet Rose Greenhow, the Confederate spy who seduced half of Washington. Her goal? To flame the war and help the South secede. But Allan Pinkerton and his female private eye Kate Warne are on to her. Gold No Trade presents “The Pinks,” a Civil War historical fiction that shines the spotlight on two impressive (but not well-known) figures in history.

Thursday, March 14 – Opening Night
See the show and then stick around to meet the cast.

Friday, March 15 – Women’s History Night
To celebrate Women’s History month, 10% off for all women. Orders must be placed online.

Saturday, March 16 – After Party
Live music by Jumbo Brown (Southern rock’n'roll party band). Free beer and soda (must be over 21).

Thursday, March 21st – After Party
Live music by Jumbo Brown (Southern rock’n'roll party band). Free soda and beer (must be over 21).

Friday, March 22 – Expert Panel
An expert panel, including Ann Blackman, biographer of Rose Greenhow, and several other special guests will answer audience questions after the show and discuss some of the historical underpinnings of the play.

Saturday, March 23 – Strike Party
See the show then stick around for the strike party. DJ music & BYOB.

All shows start at 8 pm sharp @ The Collapsable Hole
(146 Metropolitan Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211)

“The Pinks” is an original, darkly comic spy-story about real life Confederate spy Rose Greenhow, a woman in a traditionally male profession, and the Pinkerton agents set on taking her down.

In 1861, the Civil War was just a rebellion gaining traction (think: The Tea Party with more guns and matching outfits). A widow and mother of four, Rose used her extensive social network (and extensive charm) to seduce information from senators, military and members of the presidential cabinet to pass on to the Confederacy. She was devastatingly good.

Enter Allan Pinkerton. Pinkerton was a hard-boiled detective, the first of his kind. He was an abolitionist who had worked on the Underground Railroad and offered his detective skills to Abraham Lincoln in service of the Union. Pinkerton suspected Rose was a spy and sent the first female private eye Kate Warne, another woman in a traditionally male profession, undercover to catch her. Once undercover, the lines between hero and villain blur as the people across the political divide come into focus.

While foiling the Pinkertons efforts to find proof against her, Rose manages to seduce secret information from a northern captain. If the information can be passed to General P.G.T. Beauregard it will turn the Battle of Bull Run and change the course of the war. In the end, neither house arrest nor federal prison will stop Rose from pursuing her southern ideals.

Drawing on graphic novels and film noir, Gold No Trade uses its signature physical style to uncover the fascinating history of two unknown American women. “The Pinks” is a tautly written historical fiction that examines the deeper drives behind Allan Pinkerton and two women: Kate Warne, the first female detective and Confederate spy Rose Greenhow. The play considers how these women, both in traditionally male professions, chose alternate paths to express equally devastating talents. And how only one was able to bridge that divide and tolerate the beliefs of the other.

The Pinks is a work of historical fiction. While it is unknown whether Kate Warne and Rose Greenhow ever met, we like to think they did.

Created by Megan Campisi, Max Dana, Jay Dunn, Kevin Lapin, Siobhan Towey and Blake Habermann
Written by Megan Campisi
Outside Eyes by Adam Paolozza & Jay Dunn
Lights by Calvin Anderson
Original Music by Jason Sigal

Special Thanks to Bob Delizza and Tara Giordano

Runtime: 65 minutes

“The Pinks” was made possible by generous support from the Brooklyn Arts Council and Dixon Place, NY.

Collapsable Hole

146 Metropolitan Avenue

(at Berry Street)

Brooklyn, NY 11211

(718) 388-2151

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About this organization

Gold No Trade

A Brooklyn based theater company, creating new and devised works of historical fiction.


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