When Top Girls first debuted it was a groundbreaking feminist play, winning an Obie Award in 1983. Thirty-seven years later the play still resonates relevance as gender stereotypes and inequities have not vanished. Society still expects females to be selfless caretakers who sacrifice their own goals, desires, and ambitions for the greater good of others. The public square is filled with voices clamoring to regulate a women's personal choices about her body, motherhood, relationship, and vocation.
The play opens as Marlene, having just received a promotion at work, throws herself a celebratory dinner party. In attendance are a cacophony of deceased female heroines come to wish her well inevitably sharing their own stories of success and sacrifice. When Marlene returns to her reality in Acts 2 and 3, her co-workers, family, and acquaintances are all reminiscent of these dinner guests. Churchill’s witty dialogue leaves the audience simultaneously laughing and gasping at the ridiculous horror of Marlene’s reality.
A prelude conversation with members of the creative team will be held Thursday, December 5 at 6:30 pm.
- $20 General admission
- $15 Seniors
- Free for SSU students and those under 18
Sophia Gordon Center, North Campus
356 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA 01970
Karen A Gahagan