Why Crime Does Not Pay
a toast to Sophie Lyons, Queen of the Underworld
Sophie Lyons, Queen of the Underworld, bad-ass thief, con-woman, and grifter whose criminal activity peaked just after the Civil War was wanted in numerous cities from 1860 onward, including Philadelphia. Sophie was imprisoned many times, and escaped quite a few of them. She went through a series of husbands, court battles, and public displays of disorder. When she “retired” from crime in 1913 (at the tender age of 65) she wrote her autobiography, Why Crime Doesn’t Pay, and set up a serious of resources for reformed criminals, with a focus on juveniles who had lost their way. Sophie’s life of crime led her to activism, as an advocate for prison reform she used her wealth (acquired through nefarious deeds) to help those who had been caught in the cycle of the underworld.
SoLow Fest 2019
Hear about Sophie's life in her own words. Each performance Katherine will be reading a different section of her autobiography out loud for the first time. Snacks, beverages, and potentially a campfire to be provided. Pay what you can.
Saturday, June 15 at 4:30pm
Saturday, June 22 at 8:30pm
Sunday, June 23 at 8:30pm
Near 49th and Warrington in West Philly (SEPTA accessible) - exact address to be provided with RSVP