Whistler in the Dark Presents Slapstick Tragedy Family Stories by Biljana Srbljanovic
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In this fact-based comedy-drama set in 1663, women are finally being allowed to play themselves on stage after years of Puritan repression, only to find themselves facing all-too-timeless issues of ageism and sexism. April De Angelis' backstage play turns the spotlight onto five of the most famous of these real-life actresses, starting with the once-fetching Mary Betterton, who's losing her looks and leading roles to younger women. Then there's the ambitious ingenue Nell Gwyn, who's expected to become a plaything for the nobility while being gawked at as a novelty by male audiences. The female-focused Maiden Phoenix Theatre Company stages this Boston production of Playhouse Creatures. Learn More
Written by Biljana Srbljanovic
Directed by Meg Taintor
“If it gets really touch-and-go, we can always throw the dog on the grill.”
Between the laughter and horror lies a haunting and intensely shocking portrait of the cruelties and atrocities of a country at war with itself. First performed in Belgrade in 1997, Family Stories uses the games of four children to explore issues of censorship, war, oppression and rebellion.
Biljana Srbljanovic is a Serbian playwright and politician. She is also a part-time lecturer at the Faculty of the Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. Her plays have been staged in 50 countries.