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Judy Bloom meets Rambo — a darkly comic coming-of-age-story for complicated times.
PUBLIC READING at The Historic Theatre
Presented by Touchstone Theatre and The Cultch,
as part of the Femme Series
Friday January 11, 2019
Historic Theatre (1895 Venables St)
By donation to the Actors Fund
RSVP to admin[at]touchstonetheatre.com
Convinced the world at large can’t be trusted to prioritize the well-being of adolescent girls in the event of a cataclysmic event (or just in general), a determined troupe of 8th grade ‘doomers’ are committed to preparing for survival in the post-collapse society they anticipate inheriting.
Josephine makes apocalypse preparedness videos and posts them to YouTube. Vic takes Jujitsu. Maureen encrypts her text messages and hordes matches (because lighters fail). Sarah stuffs her knapsack with extra socks, granola, water filtration tablets and Tolkien novels, because “you don’t know where you’re going to be… when it happens… you might not be at home.”
Touchstone Theatre is proud to present this public reading of WROL (Without Rule of Law) with the generous support of The New Crew — Touchstone's new play development fund.
WHY WE'RE READING WROL
We first heard about WROL when it was slated for ATP's 2018-19 Season, but was then replaced with another production (don't worry, this has a happy ending).
While Roy was starting rehearsals for Kill Me Now, I attended a Calgary reading of WROL that was hosted by the show's artistic team. They wanted to ensure the play stayed on the radar of other theatre companies (spoiler alert: it worked!) WROL now has interest from a number of significant Canadian companies and, in the meantime, we wanted to contribute to the play's development and give Michaela a room with new actors so she should could explore her characters a bit more.
It's really important to us that our audience hears this play and what it has to say about gender inequity.
WROL is about that painful moment in adolescence when you realize the system's screwing you and the adults aren't going to save you (since, it seems, they're part of the problem, actually). That there are unfair hurdles thrown at girls and not boys.
There's this unsuspecting but gutting scene in the play where Maureen calls out the ridiculousness of boys getting badges for rafting trips and knot-tying while girls get badges for behaving. These are the kinds of lines that make grown women shake with silent knowing.
I was definitely not alone in that response. At that Calgary reading, the audience was vibrating by the end of the play; connected to the rage of these young characters and what they'd do, next, in their ultimate plans for survival in this world.
When I brought WROL to Roy, he was hugely in favour of supporting its development and boosting Michaela's voice as much as we can.
And thanks to our members of The New Crew — our new play development fund — we can support exciting playwrights like Michaela.
See you on January 11 at the Historic for our reading of WROL. And if you still aren't part of The New Crew, please join the team! We'd love to do more good work with your help.
Touchstone GM & Workshop Director of WROL