The Anastasia Trials in the Court of Women

The Anastasia Trials in the Court of Women

by: Carolyn Gage

by: Carolyn Gage

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The Anastasia Trials in the Court of Women

The Anastasia Trials in the Court of Women

by: Carolyn Gage

by: Carolyn Gage

Overview

A play with intense audience participation! Engrossing, controversial courtroom drama, where the audience must serve as judge and jury, deciding motions and verdict, in a case against the five women who betrayed the Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, the last surviving daughter of the Tsar of Russia. Complex ethical questions on a set of folding chairs.

The Anastasia Trials is a farcical, but profoundly engaging excursion into the hidden world of ethics for women who are both survivors and perpetrators of abuse toward women. The format is a play-within-a-play, where a radical feminist theatre company comes together in order to perform a courtroom drama. The play is shaped by the audience decisions to overrule or sustain the attorneys’ motions, and every night’s audience sees a different play.

In presenting the play, the Emma Goldman Theatre Brigade has instituted a new system to insure equal opportunity for the actors: a lottery. As the women assemble to draw their roles from the hat for the evening’s performance, sisterhood is put to the test. The performance itself is a conspiracy trial against five women accused of denying a woman her identity. The plaintiff is none other than Anastasia Romanov, sole survivor of the massacre of the Russian imperial family in 1918.

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Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

Details

  • Genre: Experimental, Docudrama/Historic
  • Time Period: Contemporary, 1910s / WWI
  • Cast Attributes: Role(s) for Asian Actor(s), Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Role(s) for Latino Actor(s), All Female, Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Multicultural casting, Parts for Senior Actors
  • Target Audience: Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Authors

Carolyn Gage

Carolyn Gage is a playwright, performer, director, and activist. The author of nine books on lesbian theatre and seventy-five plays, musicals, and one-woman shows, she specializes in non-traditional roles for women, especially those reclaiming famous lesbians whose stories have been distorted or erased from history. Sh ...

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