Welcome to our Featured Play Highlight. Good Lady by Amanda Murray Cutalo is a good play for feminine performers that asks the query “Is there such a factor as being ‘too good?’”
Mia, a teenage woman at an all-girls faculty, is aware of find out how to be a assured and assertive younger girl who just isn’t afraid to face up for herself; the one drawback is she will be able to solely act this fashion in her fantasies.
In Mia’s actuality, she is the sort of woman who does her pals’ homework, lets individuals lower in entrance of her in line, and pretends to be somebody she’s not with the intention to get a boy to love her.
As she repeatedly learns, being the “good woman” requires a substantial amount of sacrifice and, usually, frustration. As Mia finally nears her breaking level, she decides the time has come for her fantasies to turn into actuality.
Why did we publish this play?
That is such a related center faculty subject: Women who assume being good means you get extra pals, particularly when being “good” means you don’t get up for your self. The principle character in Good Lady has fairly the dilemma and it’s the explanation we selected the play. We wish to present center school-aged characters going via center faculty issues. Not highschool issues tailored down. Not solely do the characters need to face the dilemma of sacrificing character to be “good” additionally they make errors, and take care of these errors. All in a stunning theatrical bundle. A fantastic present.
Let’s hear from the creator!
1. Why did you write this play?
I’m an English trainer, so I’ve taught many “good women” over time. The inspiration for this play got here from a dialog that I had with one in every of my college students. She approached me on the finish of a gaggle task, feeling annoyed that she had completed the majority of the work and that her pals had taken benefit of her. She felt unvoiced and powerless. I associated to this battle, particularly the strain that women and girls usually really feel to be good, or threat being referred to as shrill, aggressive, troublesome to get together with, or different phrases that I’m undecided I’m allowed to put in writing right here. To demand respect means to be unlikeable. I wrote this play as a result of I wished to discover what it seems to be wish to confront these pressures and redefine a more healthy sense of self, which results in more healthy relationships with others.
2. Describe the theme in a single or two sentences.
It’s a play about redefining feminine identification by difficult the masks of the “good woman” that women and girls usually really feel pressured to put on.
three. When you might give one piece of recommendation for these producing the play, what wouldn’t it be?
Have enjoyable with the fantasy scenes! (When Mia says precisely what she’s considering, utterly unfiltered, and in a single occasion even punches Jen and grabs Maggie by the hair). Apart from utilizing completely different lighting to tell apart between fantasy and actuality, it positively helps for the appearing to be as over-the-top and exaggerated as attainable in these scenes.
four. Why is that this play nice for scholar performers?
I hope that scholar performers will see items of themselves in every of those characters and have the ability to assume extra about what it actually means to be a “good woman” and what it means to be pals with one.
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