Please sign a petition to add Viola Spolin to the American Writers Museum in Chicago!
Jeffrey Sweet, author of Something Wonderful Right Away: An Oral History of The Second City and The Compass Players, has created a petition to add Viola Spolin to the American Writers Museum in Chicago!
We hope you’ll sign and share the petition, found here.
Writes Sweet: “The American Writers Museum, a new attraction on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, includes a section saluting Chicago writers, each honored Chicago writer being represented by a banner and a biography. Most of the worthy names are there. … Viola Spolin is not. This is a dismaying omission. … It is not an exaggeration to say that Improvisation for the Theater is one of the most important and influential books of the American theatre, laying out the theoretical foundation of the improvisation theatre movement. Second City — which was founded by Spolin’s son, Paul Sills — is the most notable of the companies that exist because of Spolin and her work.”
Thank you for taking the time to sign the petition honoring the mother of improvisational theater!