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USUAL GIRLS

Written by Ming Peiffer
Directed by Samantha Richert Boehm

Scenic Design by Jenna McFarland Lord
Costume Design by Lara Graber-Mitchell (’24)
Lighting Design by Caitlin Smith Rapoport
Sound Design by Mike Frengel
Production Stage Manager:  Karen Gallagher (’25)

 

Cast List

Kyeoung: Cecilia Liang
Woman: May Aurluecha
Anna: Abby Barton
Lindsay: Isabelle Roberts
Marina/Friend: Katy Silva
Sasha: Eve Davidson
Older Girl 1 / KKG Sister 1: Isadora Sylvia-Ribeiro
Older Girl 2 / KKG Sister 2: Sophie Schmults
Older Girl 3 / KKG Sister 3: Gabrielle Vecciarelli
Rory / Older Boy: Jude Riley
Father / Older Boy: Atharva Nimbalwar
Older Boy: Buzz MacIntyre

 

Performance Dates:  March 28 – April 7

Thursday March 28 at 7:30pm

Friday March 29 at 8pm

Saturday March 30 at 8pm

Sunday March 31 at 2pm followed by a Post-Production Discussion

Tuesday April 2 at 7:30pm

Wednesday April 3 at 7:30pm

Thursday April 4 at 7:30pm followed by a Post-Production Discussion

Friday April 5 at 8pm

Saturday April 6 at 8pm

Sunday April 7 at 2pm

 

Production Synopsis by Director Samantha Richert Boehm:
USUAL GIRLS is a play about the joys and horrors of growing up being a woman. Kyeoung has spent her entire life negotiating the double standards imposed on her as an Asian American woman. Bullied by boys in childhood, ostracized by girls as a teen, her experiences with sexuality grow more and more challenging as she embarks into womanhood through America’s white patriarchal societal standards of sexuality. Usual Girls chronicles the wonder, pain, and complexity of growing up female. Filled with wit and raw honesty, this biting and brutal comedy was nominated for a 2019 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.

 

Usual Girls is a show about the joys and horrors of growing up being a woman — the extreme joys and the extreme horrors.” – Ming Peiffer

 

“Peiffer’s play explores female sexuality without attaching it to a love story.  It’s a gutsy, vulnerable piece of writing and part of what feels like an immensely heartening wave of intelligent, compassionate, unafraid-to-get-ugly plays… [Usual Girls] remains clear-eyed and forceful, and it shines a neon light on how much of growing up, for usual girls, is a process of unlearning.” – New York Magazine

 

“Usual Girls is exciting to watch.  With hilarity and grimness, it connects the dots between pleasure, pain and shame.” – New York Times

 

Content Advisory: This play focuses heavily on sexual themes, racism and addiction abuse. There is explicit content involving alcohol and drug abuse, racial discrimination, and various references and depictions of pornography, body image, child endangerment, sexual identity, assault and rape.

 

Atmospheric Advisory:  This production includes the use of flashing lights, loud noises, and theatrical water-based haze.

 

AUDIENCE INFORMATION 

  • This performance will run approximately 90 minutes and will not have an intermission. 
  • All performances are in-person, live in the Studio Theatre in Curry Student Center (Second Level / First Floor – next to the indoor quad above the food court). 
  • General seating (no assigned seating). 
  • No late seating. 
  • No re-admission during performance. 
  • House opens approximately 20 minutes before performance time.  We encourage audience members to arrive at the theatre at least 15 minutes before the performance in order to find the theatre and select seats. 
  • No photography or video recording during performances

DIRECTIONS

Department Performances take place in the STUDIO THEATRE.

It is located on the 2nd Level (1st Floor) of Curry Student Center, next to Gallery 360.

Look for the Glowing Light Wall.

 

 

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