Madison Premiere of Lavinia

Madison Premiere of Lavinia

The Madison Theatre Guild is producing a play about Lavinia Goodell, the first woman licensed to practice law in Wisconsin. The play, written by Betty Diamond, describes Lavinia Goodell’s life and the circumstances surrounding her petition for admission to the bar of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin. Her petition was denied in 1876 but she was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court in 1877 after a bill was passed in the Wisconsin Legislature authorizing women to be admitted to the state bar.

In 1880, Goodell argued and won her first case in the Wisconsin Supreme Court, shortly before she died.

The play will be presented at the Bartell Theatre from Thursday, March 19 through Saturday, March 21.

Several of our members are planning to attend the Saturday matinee and go to a coffee shop after the play. The ticket price is $10 for the matinee and $20 for the other performances. All tickets are general admission. Please consider joining us!

Tickets may be purchased online at the Bartell Theatre website: or by calling the box office (608-661-9696). Further information about the play can be found at the Madison Theatre Guild website.