Full Length Play
Time Period - 1990s
Settings Of Play - The play takes place in and around the town of Big Bone, Oregon. Some time before Windows ’95.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Alcohol, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes
College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Something's rotten in Big Bone! Pretty Patty Johnson is thrilled to join the secretarial pool at the Cooney Lumber Mill under the iron-fisted leadership of sultry office manager Susan Curtis. But she soon begins to feel that all is not right—the enforced diet of Slim-Fast shakes, the strange clicking language between the girls, the monthly disappearance of a lumberjack. By the time Patty discovers murder is part of these office killers' skill set, it's too late to turn back! In the guise of satiric exploitation-horror, The Secretaries takes an unflinching look at the warping cultural expectations of femininity.
"The Secretaries is a sustained, amusing look at the fine line between aggression and assertiveness. – The New Yorker
"The Five Lesbian Brothers render their satirical portraits with a deft but merciless eye." –The Los Angeles Times
"95 minutes of gritty, bawdy, bloody humor pregnant with incisive social commentary." – San Francisco Examiner
"A mordantly cheerful slice of Grand Guignol." – The New York Times
The Secretaries premiered at the WOW Cafe in New York City in December 1993 under the direction of Kate Stafford.