By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Marlena Lustik
September 25th-November 1st Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30 PM | Saturday & Sunday 3:00 PM
Tweeting, politics, and undying giddiness for James Madison-what else could you expect to find at a “Miss America pageant? In this hilarious, raucous, all female “power play” inspired by Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew”, contestant Katherine has political aspirations to match her beauty pageant ambitions. All she needs to revolutionize the American government is the help of one ultra-conservative senator’s aide on the cusp of a career breakthrough, and one bleeding-heart liberal blogger who will do anything for her cause.
Age Guide: 16+
September 25th Preview Night
September 26th Official Opening with Party
October 4th Best-Value Night
October 18th Cast & Crew Talk-Back
October 20th Pay-What-You-Wish
(Pay-What-You-Wish is only available 1 hour prior to show time, at the theatre, and is a first come first serve basis. Doors open up 1 hour before the show. Patrons pick whatever seat is available and Pay-What-You-Wish. You must have cash or check only. If you would like to see the show on this date and don’t want to run the risk of it being sold out, you may still purchase a ticket at a regular price by calling the box office or purchasing online.)
Lauren Gunderson (playwright)
Lauren is a playwright, screenwriter and short story author from Atlanta, GA. She received her BA in English/Creative Writing at Emory University, and her MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch, where she was also a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship.
She was named the most produced playwright in America by American Theatre Magazine in 2017, was awarded the 2016 Lanford Wilson Award from the Dramatist Guild, the 2016 Otis Gurnsey Award for Emerging Writer, and was awarded the prestigious 2014 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for her play, I and You (also a Susan Smith Blackburn Blackburn and John Gassner Award finalist). That play was an NNPN Rolling World Premiere that started at Marin Theatre Company and has seen over 40 productions nationwide. She is also a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Company.
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