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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy
Sheila Callaghan's That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play is a violently funny and disturbing excavation of the dirty corners of our imaginations.
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Full Length Play
Time Period - Contemporary
No intermission, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language, Nudity/Partial Nudity
Feminism, Friendship, Politics
College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
A pair of radical feminist ex-strippers scour the country on a murderous rampage against right-wing pro-lifers, blogging about their exploits in gruesome detail. Meanwhile, a scruffy screenwriter named Owen tries to bang out his magnum opus in a hotel room as his best friend Rodney ("The Rod") holds forth on rape and other manly enterprises. When Owen decides to incorporate the strippers into his screenplay, the boundaries of reality begin to blur, and only a visit from Jane Fonda can help keep worlds from blowing apart.
"Mind-blowing images and soul-crushing language flowing wildly." - Back Stage
"A submersion in the anarchy of ambivalence: variously a rant, a riff, a rumble - about our notions of naturalism, objectification, perversity, and beauty ... There's sass and sarcasm in Callaghan's high-energy punk writing." - John Lahr, The New Yorker
"Raunchy, savvy... the twisted, caffeinated world of the show imagines the collective subconscious of a culture where girls never stiop going wild... [Callaghan] push(es) her audience's buttons with an aggressive treatment of some of the darker corners of the human psyche." - The New York Times
That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play was first presented by artistic director David Van Asselt and managing director Sandra Coudert at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York City on February 10, 2009. It was directed by Kip Fagan.
Sheila Callaghan's plays have been produced and developed with Soho Rep, Playwright's Horizons, South Coast Repertory, Clubbed Thumb, The LARK, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, New Georges, Woolly Mammoth, and Rattlestick Playwright's Theatre, among others. Sheila is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award for emerging artists, a Jerome Fellowship from the Playwright's Center in Minneapolis, a ... view full profile
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