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When We Were Young and Unafraid

by Sarah Treem

Jan 19, 2020
1:00PM - 3:00PM

Play Reading
Directed by Michelle Joyner

“Ms. Treem…finds the feminist flux and foment in an era that has been more traditionally presented as comically awkward and quaint. She has come up with a smart and exciting premise to bring characters of different backgrounds—and different notions of what it means to be a woman at a pivotal historical moment—into proximity and conflict.” —NYTimes.

For years, Agnes has used her quiet bed and breakfast as a refuge for victims of domestic violence. Creating a place of escape and recovery brings her joy and she whole-heartily welcomes her latest runaway Mary Anne, that is until, Mary Anne starts to influence Agnes’s own college-bound daughter Penny. As Agnes is forced to confront her own presumptions, and the dialog of feminist revolution is cracked open, and reveals truths all three women must reckon with. Set in the early 1970s before Roe vs. Wade, this dynamic and electric drama questions both our past and present ideals.

Cast: Gregory Boover, Ruby Harvey, Rory Hammond, Tod Randolph

This reading is part of our Winter Play Reading Festival.

General Admission: $25/Adult; $10/Student
Winter Studio Festival Pass: See all 5 plays: $75; $30 Student Pass

About the Playwright

Sarah Treem is the Golden Globe Winning writer and producer of Showtime's The Affair. Her full-length plays include Empty Sky, Against the Wall, Mirror, Mirror, A Feminine Ending, Human Voices, When We Were Young and Unafraid, and Vienna's Amazing.A Feminine Ending received its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons in Fall 2007, was subsequently produced at South Coast Repertory and Portland Center Stage in 2008, and is published by Samuel French. Human Voiceswas part of Manhattan Theater Club's Springboard's New Play Series and New York Stage & Film's Powerhouse Reading Season in 2007. Sarah has been in residence at The Sundance Institute and The Ojai Playwriting Conference. She has been commissioned by South Coast Repertory and Playwrights Horizons, and she is a current fellow at the Lark Playwrights' Workshop. Sarah is a Writer/Producer on two acclaimed HBO series, In Treatment and Mark Wahlberg's How To Make It In America. She also writes forHouse of Cards for Netflix. Sarah is adapting Tom Wolfe's novel I Am Charlotte Simmonsfor Bill Haber and Tina Brown at HBO. Sarah graduated from Yale University and the Yale School of Drama.

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