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When Gary Webster thinks of Prohibition Bethlehem, he thinks of red-light crowds mixing it up with green-light crowds. He sees steel executives in whorehouses, a cunning linguist in a gin joint, cops taking bribes and taking part. He hears Louis Armstrong singing about some woman whose no-good ways get her a slab in St. James Infirmary, and the music of a hundred accents.
Welcome to "School Alley," the name of a notorious entertainment district in South Bethlehem and a play Webster has written for Touchstone Theatre's ensemble and the city's th anniversary. As a Pennsylvania Dutch detective unravels the murder of an ambitious hooker, grilling a wealthy madam, a two-faced savings-and-loan official and a stock boy who wants to move up across the Lehigh River, he exposes Bethlehem, circa , as an explosive cultural cauldron.
Webster recreates the city's history much like John Ruskin viewed history in general: as a kaleidoscope. The early 20th century captivated Webster long before he came to Touchstone as executive director in At Westminster College he studied American expatriates like F. Scott Fitzgerald and John Dos Passos. For live narration, Webster turned to a maternal grandfather who died at He inspired his grandson to write "Flight," a play about brother pioneer aviators who weren't the Wrights.
And he gave Webster an idiomatic sense of the period, when a drifter was called a "rounder" and a prostitute's client a "flop. According to Webster, brothels helped make Bethlehem bigger and happier. Groceries, dry-good stores, even Bethlehem Steel clients: all relied on their services. One of Webster's informants, a former newsboy, remembers a cathouse as a swell customer. In "School Alley" ladies offer more than sexual favors. Under-the-counter Canadian whiskey is a source of the madam's wealth, and her look-the-other-way relationship with Detective Edgar Rutman.
In the s booze drew many to Bethlehem, including, on at least one occasion, one H. Knopf, sought refreshment after attending a Bethlehem Bach Festival. They were treated as outcastes until they mentioned, brilliantly, that they were thirsty musicians. That turned out to be the secret password. Music and liquor were on Webster's mind as he created "School Alley. James Infirmary. Bach's "Magnificat" represents another musical sphere in Webster's play.