On March 3rd and 4th, I had the honor and pleasure to debut my latest play, The Inferior Sex, at Elon University. And by latest, I mean written in two weeks just one week prior to the reading! The workshop and reading was part of the part of Elon University's Department of Drama and Theatre Studies' New Works Playwriting Symposium and Contemporary Play Reading Series.
Under the direction of Kim Shively and dramaturg Susanne Shawyer, the weekend of work was just as fast-paced, productive, and thrilling. In just 24-hours, a group of bright and talented students in the Acting and Music Theatre BFA programs read and rehearsed “The Inferior Sex” in two short rehearsals. I did a round of revisions in between and we presented the play to an eager, engaged, and enthusiastic roomful of students, faculty, and community members. The reading was followed by a lively discussion and I'm happy to say that it all went so wonderfully well!
After I've had a chance to catch my breath, I'm going to work on revisions and hope to schedule another reading before the end of Women's History Month. One more thing, The Inferior Sex is my first all female cast play, but it won't be my last. I can hardly wait for you all to experience it!
It's the summer of 1972. As the war in Vietnam intensifies, the battle to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment ramps up across the nation, and Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm remains undeterred in her campaign for president. In midtown Manhattan, a small woman's magazine is on the verge of collapsing and threatens to dash the hopes and dreams of a group of women tired of being treated as second class. "The Inferior Sex" is a hilarious and poignant behind-the-scenes look at a woman's magazine that gets political, faces hard truths, and breaks new ground in an ever-changing world.
Now, here's more information about the play and a few photos of our time together below:
The Inferior Sex Rehearsal
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