Bull in a China Shop

by  Bryna Turner

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5f

Critic’s Pick! “A pugnacious, tender and gloriously funny new play. Bryna Turner makes an immensely auspicious professional playwriting debut […] Bull in a China Shop is passionate, joyous and radiant with life!” - The New York Times


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Bull in a China Shop

by  Bryna Turner

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Biography, Period
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Inspired by the real letters between Mary Woolley and Jeannette Marks spanning from 1899 to 1937, this fast-paced comedy asks: What is revolution? What does it mean to be at odds with the world? How do we fulfill our potential? And how the hell do we grow old together?
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Critic’s Pick! “A pugnacious, tender and gloriously funny new play. Bryna Turner makes an immensely auspicious professional playwriting debut […] Bull in a China Shop is passionate, joyous and radiant with life!” - The New York Times

Four Stars! “Bull in a China Shop does the sisterhood proud! Heartbreaking, hilarious and delectable.” - Time Out New York, Read More 

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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s, 1920s, 1910s / WWI, 1900-1910
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Various locations in and around an old Massachusetts’ seminary-‐‐turned-‐‐university between 1899 and 1937.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

5f
WOOLLEY – (Mary) the swagger of a gunslinger buttoned into an ankle length dress; a confident and caring partner to Marks. 
MARKS – (Jeannette) a moody and fitful writer and partner, an enigmatic teacher; Woolley’s former student and current partner, ten years Woolley’s junior.
DEAN WELSH – a tight-‐‐lipped New England type. Woolley’s subordinate, but Marks’ superior.
PEARL – the president of a secret society of fan-‐‐girls of the relationship between Marks and Woolley, Marks’ obsessively devoted student. 
FELICITY – Marks’ roommate in a house off-‐‐campus named Sweet Pea. A professor in the Philosophy Department.
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Cast Attributes

  • All Female
  • Multicultural casting

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Authors

Bryna Turner

Bryna Turner is a Brooklyn-based playwright originally from Northern California. Her play Bull in a China Shop recently premiered at LCT3 (directed by Lee Sunday Evans). Her work has been developed with Abingdon Theatre Company, Clubbed Thumb, Colt Coeur, Ensemble Studio Theatre, LCT3, Mount Holyoke College, Rutgers Un ...

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Bull in a China Shop premiered at LCT3 in New York City in February 2017 under the direction of Lee Sunday Evans.

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