Fresh off her Pulitzer Prize nomination for Becky Shaw
, playwright Gina Gionfriddo delivers Rapture, Blister, Burn
a new play that's already attracted the fascination and admiration of both critics and audiences. Since the movement's beginnings, generations of feminists have debated gender roles. Rapture, Blister, Burn
continues this conversation, even as it explodes it. The play centers on Catherine, a rockstar feminist academic, who returns home to take care of her elderly mother. In doing so, she reconnects with her former lover, Don, and former best friend, Gwen. Gwen and Don are married with children and seem to represent the kind of conventional life Catherine rejected. But first impressions can be deceiving: As the women discuss their choices, the full consequences of their decisions become harder and harder to reckon. With empathy, humor and rare insight, Rapture, Blister, Burn
explores how the lives of women have -- and have not -- changed.
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