When Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9 premiered in 1979, it arrived with great controversy. The play drew connections between colonialism and sexual oppression while using profanity and provocative depictions of sexuality. Its incongruity was both humorous and disquieting. Almost twenty years later, Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues explored body image, rape, genital mutilation, sex work, and a variety of sexual experiences. The play was, and is, the subject of much debate, though The New York Times called the play "probably the most important piece of political theater of the last decade." Then, in 2008, Sarah Kane’s masterpiece Blasted made its New York debut to great acclaim for script and writer; thirteen years earlier, it was skewered as a “disgusting feast of filth” by critics in response to the play’s premiere. All three plays began as exceedingly controversial and ended as part of the canon of English-language plays of the past half-century.
Now, ten years after Blasted arrived in New York, twenty years after The Vagina Monologues, and forty years after Cloud 9, Alice Birch’s Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. is the latest in a long line of groundbreaking plays written by women to address sexism, misogyny, and the patriarchy in provocative and uncompromising ways.
While developing the play at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Ms. Birch was given the prompt to write something inspired by the quote “well-behaved women rarely make history.” Her response is a theatrical manifesto that pulls no punches in its language, form, and content. A hit in London, this play is of the moment - a time when movements like #MeToo, Time’s Up, and the Women’s March are working to expose long-ignored truths about oppression, harassment, and assault. Dobama Theatre is proud to begin 2019 with Alice Birch’s hilarious and disturbing play. We invite you to listen, respond, and join the revolution.
With Love & Respect,