Playwrights Realm announced details for the first production of their 2017-18 season, the world premiere of Michael Yates Crowley's The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias, which will run from August 25-September 23 at the Duke on 42nd Street, with opening night set for September 10.
Directed by Tyne Rafaeli, the cast will include Jeff Biehl, Chas Carey, Doug Harris, Eva Kaminsky, Andy Lucien, Susannah Perkins, and Jeena Yi. The creative team includes Arnulfo Maldonado (scenic design), Ásta Bennie Hostetter (costume design), Barbara Samuels (lighting design), Mikaal Sulaiman (sound design), Anna Demenkoff (props design), Michael Rossmy (fight direction), Chris De Camillis (production stage manager), and Rachel Kartiganer (assistant stage manager).
Crowley's play is described as follows in a press release: "When Grace B. Matthias is raped, her world spirals into chaos. Between navigating emotionally unstable guidance counselors, overbearing lawyers, an angry championship football team, and useless Wikipedia answers, Grace tries to make sense of her world anew. Inspired by the extensive history of undocumented sexual violence against women, Crowley moves rapidly between Grace's story and that of the Sabine women, using ancient Rome as a backdrop against which the fallibility of high-school education and judicial systems come to light. Within the coliseum-like media circus, Grace is watched, judged, and misinterpreted as she attempts to understand and contextualize her experience."
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