Colonial Philadelphia. The turbulent American War for Independence. 14,000 soldiers march up South Street – Redcoats, Dragoons, Hessians – to fife and drum and Loyalist cheers, in columns four abreast and over 10 blocks long. Lydia Darragh, midwife, devout Quaker, Irish immigrant, watches from her window and holds back rage as General Sir William Howe – Commander-In-Chief of King George III’s British Forces – takes possession of the property across the street. She vows, “Never again will I lose my home and family to tyrants.” That same day, Lydia learns from General Howe’s master spy, Captain John Andre’, that she is expected to vacate her home. This drives her to risk all she holds dear, and all she believes, to spy for George Washington and his Continental Army – which she arguably saves several times from annihilation. In Washington’s code book, she and her female network earn the secret designation “355.” The screenplay, 355, is an historic fiction celebrating the strength and spirit of Lydia and her network of Colonial women as they pit their wits and wiles against the world’s then-largest military force – the British Empire.
Lydia’s story – not as well-known as other spies of her time – provides compelling narrative for today’s audience less familiar with women’s roles in the struggle for Independence. 355 illustrates the power of intelligence gathered through subversion, and why George Washington was called a Spymaster. 355 is bravery, espionage, treachery, and final triumph, played out in a critical time in history, with a cast of international characters.
For agents and producers, our latest screenplay “355” is available upon request.
Jacqueline Tucker Mulligan