CVPA, School of Theater, and VFS: Kaiulani Lee with Fight Like Hell: The Testimony of Mother Jones

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM EDT
Fenwick Library, Reading Room 2001

Join us for a screening and discussion of Fight Like Hell: The Testimony of Mother Jones.

Our screening will be followed by a Q&A with actor and playwright Kaiulani Lee.

Free and open to the public. No registration needed. 

Drawn from her autobiography, letters, speeches, and interviews, Fight Like Hell is as bold and forceful as Mother Jones herself. The film is adapted from Obie Award-winning actress Kaiulani Lee’s one-woman play, “Can’t Scare Me,” which premiered at Mason's Theater of the First Amendment (directed by Rick Davis). Fight Like Hell is also written and performed by Lee and directed by Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Ian Cheney.

See film website. 

“[Mother Jones'] organizing filled a void in her and she wrote, ‘I will never let another woman go through what I have been through,’” says Kaiulani Lee. “I think her fierceness came out of this enormous loss, as she once said, 'While I couldn’t save my own husband and children, I will fight to save yours'” (Andy O'Brien, "Actor & Playwright Kaiulani Lee Gives Riveting Performance as Mother Jones," Maine AFL-CIO, Nov 6, 2023).


Kaiulani Lee has more than forty years of experience in theater, film, and television. Ms. Lee has starred in over a dozen plays on and off-Broadway, has been nominated for the Drama Desk Award on Broadway and has won the Obie Award for “Outstanding Off-Broadway Achievement.” 

Lee has guest starred in numerous television series from The Waltons to Law and Order. Her film work includes The World According to Garp, A Civil Action, and the PBS film, A Midwife’s Tale. For the past 26 years Kaiulani has been performing her one-woman play, A Sense of Wonder, based on the life and works of Rachel Carson. In 2011, Lee's second play, Can't Scare Me...The Story of Mother Jones (the basis of Fight Like Hell) opened at the Atlas Theater in Washington D.C. She now tours both plays nationally and internationally. 

Lee earned her B.A. from American University, and studied acting with Lee Strasberg, Sandy Meisner, Uta Hagen, and Jerzy Grotowski. She has been a full time adjunct professor at George Mason University from 1997 to the present. 


This event is presented by College of Visual and Performing Arts; GMU School of Theater, Visiting Filmmakers Series; College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Film at MasonEnglish Department; History and Art History; and Women and Gender Studies. 


– George Mason University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations in its services, programs, and activities. Please make accommodation requests related to a disability by contacting Jasmine Copeland, jcopela4@gmu.edu, at least one week prior to the event.


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For more information: 

Rick Davis rdavi4@gmu.edu Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts

Cynthia Fuchs cfuchs@gmu.edu Director, Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason; Director, Film at Mason

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