The Secretaries

by  Lisa Kron, Maureen Angelos, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey, Babs Davy

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  5f

"The Secretaries is a sustained, amusing look at the fine line between aggression and assertiveness." – The New Yorker

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"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

Videos

  • About Face Theatre's scene 1 from The Secretaries
  • About Face Theatre's scene 2 from The Secretaries
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1990s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: The play takes place in and around the town of Big Bone, Oregon. Some time before Windows ’95.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

5f
DAWN MIDNIGHT – office lesbian.
ASHLEY ELIZABETH FRATANGELO – Susan’s sycophant, bulimic.
PATTY JOHNSON – the new girl.
SUSAN CURTIS – offi ce manager/cult leader.
PEACHES MARTIN – sweet, clueless, slow-moving target.
BUZZ BENIKEE – sensitive lumberjack.
HANK AND SANDY – sexually harassing lumberjacks (slow).
MR. RON KEMBUNKSCHER – the boss.
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Cast Attributes

  • All Female
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Authors

Lisa Kron

Lisa Kron is a writer and performer whose work has been widely produced in New York, regionally, and internationally. Her plays include Well, 2.5 Minute Ride, and The Ver**zon Play. She wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Fun Home (with music by composer Jeanine Tesori), winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including ...

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Maureen Angelos

Maureen Angelos

Dominique Dibbell

Dominique Dibbell

Peg Healey

Peg Healey

Babs Davy

Babs Davy

The Secretaries premiered at the WOW Cafe in New York City in December 1993 under the direction of Kate Stafford.

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