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“Sophia Hayden Deserves Better”: A Play Reading by Stephanie Walker

March 27, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Barrington native and playwright Stephanie Walker brings a staged reading of her new play, “Sophia Hayden Deserves Better.” In 1891 a brilliant 23-year-old woman won an architecture contest to design the Woman’s Building for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. What should have been the start to a flourishing career in architecture became career-ending. Throughout the two-year process of building The Woman’s Building, the architect quietly endured bullying, micromanaging, and undermining until she finally spoke up. In a time when women were defined as physically and intellectually weaker than men, her concerns were not only not heard, but she was sent to a sanitarium. Diagnosed with melancholia due to overexertion. Silenced. After the fair, her building was destroyed and she never built another building again. Her name was Sophia Hayden and she deserves better.


NOTE: This event is entirely in-person. No virtual tickets are available.


If you are having trouble purchasing tickets please contact us at or 224-512-4066.


March 27, 2022
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Barrington’s White House
(224) 512-4066


Barrington’s White House
145 West Main Street
Barrington, IL 60010 United States
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