That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play

by  Sheila Callaghan

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  2m, 3f

"Mind-blowing images and soul-crushing language flowing wildly." - Back Stage

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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That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play

by  Sheila Callaghan

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.

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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Accolades

  • Sheila Callaghan is the 2007 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama

Reviews

REVIEWS

"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

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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Nudity Nudity/Partial Nudity

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

2m, 3f
AGNES
VALERIE
RODNEY
OWEN
JANE FONDA / JANE
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast

Casting Notes

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.

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Authors

Sheila Callaghan

Sheila Callaghan's plays have been produced and developed with Soho Rep, Playwright's Horizons, Yale Rep, South Coast Repertory, Clubbed Thumb, The LARK, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, New Georges, The Flea, Woolly Mammoth, Boston Court, and Rattlestick Playwright's Theatre, among others. Sheila is the recipient of the ...

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That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play premiered in New York City with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in February of 2009 under the direction of Kip Fagan.

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