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Sharing Women's Stories for 25 years

2017-2018 Season

To celebrate our 25th anniversary, we have chosen a season that recognizes women at the top of their game;

A SEASON OF TOP GIRLS.

 

• A brilliant novelist caught between ambition and desire in SEX WITH STRANGERS by Laura Eason

• A fierce and determined mother in RUSSIAN TRANSPORT by Erika Sheffer

• And the host of fabulous women of myth and history that populate Caryl Churchill’s seminal work TOP GIRLS.

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OCTOBER 20 - NOVEMBER 12, 2017

by Laura Eason

When frustrated forty-ish novelist, Olivia, meets fast-talking, twenty-something, blogger and memoirist, Ethan – known more for his sexual prowess than his prose – she worries that she will become just another chapter in his little black book.

Their funny and passionate union blurs the lines between rewrites, romance and royalties – proving you can’t judge a book by its author.

SEX WITH STRANGERS was one of America’s top ten most produced plays from 2014-2016. In addition to playwrighting, Laura Eason is also a producer/writer for the Emmy Award-winning Netflix series House of Cards.

“[An] incisive look at the double-edged quest for artistic validation in the digital era.”

—Newsweek

JANUARY 19 - FEBRUARY 11

by Erika Sheffer

A rowdy Russian immigrant family living and hustling in Brooklyn’s underbelly scrambles to get by.

Dark family secrets emerge when their dangerously charming Uncle Boris arrives from Russia. Just after bear hugs and shots of vodka are exchanged, Boris begins exerting a sinister influence on the whole family.

How far are they willing to go to achieve the American Dream?

"[An] engrossing moral thriller." —Time Out NY

“Raw, strong and disturbingly funny.”

—  Chicago Reader

 

 

APRIL 6 - APRIL 29

by Caryl Churchill

Marlene is thrilled to receive a merit-based promotion to Managing Director over her senior male colleagues. To celebrate she hosts a dinner party at a posh restaurant for five legendary women from history, myth and literature. Subsequently, these ladies become Marlene’s co-workers, clients, and relatives — all of whom rejoice in their successes but lament the sacrifices required to “have-it-all.”

Caryl Churchill’s masterwork of contemporary theater, TOP GIRLS, is a sharp, imaginative and profound examination of the choices women continue to face.

1983 Obie Award Winner for Best Play

“Imagine the History Channel’s version of The View.” — Variety

"A blistering yet sympathetic look at women who achieve success by adopting the worst traits of self-made men [...] Truly original." — The New York Times

 

 

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