TWO DC PREMIERES IN REPERTORY WITH
ALL-FEMALE CREATIVE AND DESIGN TEAMS
March 16, 2017 through April 15, 2017
WHAT EVERY GIRL SHOULD KNOW
written by MONICA BYRNE
directed by JENNA DUNCAN
In 1914, four teen girls in a New York reformatory discover their sexuality and personal power as they reveal the horrifying events that led each to the same tiny dormitory room. Adopting birth control activist Margaret Sanger as their secret patron saint, they build a communal fantasy life where they travel the world, take lovers at will, and assassinate their enemies. Their fantasy life grows more and more elaborate until objects from their fantasy world start appearing in the real one—including a baby.
by RUBY RAE SPIEGEL
directed by AMBER PAIGE MCGINNIS
Ester is a swimmer trying to stay afloat. Amy is curled up on the locker room floor. Dry Land is a play about abortion, female friendship, and resiliency, and what happens in one high school locker room after everybody’s left. This timely and unflinching new play is from one of America’s most exciting young playwrights, Ruby Rae Spiegel.
This Susan Blacksmith Prize nominated play premiered in a sold-out Off-Broadway run and marks the Forum return of director Amber McGinnis after her critically-acclaimed production of World Builders.
Monica Byrne (Playwright, What Every Girl Should Know) is a writer, playwright, and traveler based in Durham, NC, and is the author of the acclaimed novel, The Girl in the Road. In addition to being a resident playwright at Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, her work has been read, developed, and produced at Impact! Theatre (Berkeley, CA), Fox Valley Repertory (Chicago, IL), Pinky Swear Productions (Washington, DC), Backdoor Stage (Portland, OR); and, in North Carolina, Manbites Dog Theater, the Elsewhere Collaborative, Common Ground Theater, Carrboro Arts Center, Durham County Library, and Ravenclaw Salon. In 2011 she was a finalist for an EST/Sloan Commission for her play Nightwork. In 2013 she was a semifinalist for the O’Neill Conference for her play The Pentaeon. She holds degrees in biochemistry from Wellesley College and MIT. Her website is monicabyrne.org and her blog is monicacatherine.wordpress.com.
Ruby Rae Spiegel (Playwright, Dry Land) is from Brooklyn, New York and is a graduate of Yale University. Her Susan Smith Blackburn Prize nominated play, Dry Land, premiered Off-Broadway in 2014 in a sold-out, critically acclaimed run at Colt Coeur, following development in New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater Readings Festival and the Ojai Playwrights Conference. Her play Carrie & Francine premiered in the Summer Shorts Festival in 2011 at 59E59 alongside work by Neil LaBute and Christopher Durang. Dubbed “the prodigy of Summer Shorts” by the Theatre Development Fund, she received a rave review in the New York Times for the piece and won Stephen Sondheim’s Young Playwrights Inc.’s National Competition (her second consecutive win after 2010’s All Ye Know). Ruby currently writes for Netflix’s original series “The OA.”