A paradigm shift in the way that people think about plays written by women is really what 17Percent and the many others who champion women’s writing are looking for. One of the ways this will be achieved is by the growing opportunities to see more work by women, both historical authors, like Behn, Centlivre and Inchbald, to more recent writers like Sarah Kane, and writers new to theatre – by companies who are dedicated to presenting both new work and rediscovering writing by women.
Only once a critical mass is reached can this shift become a reality.
Paradigm Theatre Company is a new London based rep fringe company which was set up by London-based American actor/writer Sarah Pitard in 2012. They will debut their first play, written by Sarah, The Inappropriateness of Love, in Islington in September.
Scooter, a 30 year old computer programmer, has recently received an invitation to a friend’s wedding. He really needs to find a date! Like a good son, he occasionally calls on his mum, who is busy taking care of her husband with Alzheimer’s. There is also Zoey, Scooter’s best friend, an archaeologist, on her way to Turkey to find some peace and quiet. Next, there is Jessica, a therapist, who is attempting to put her life together after a messy divorce with Darren. Darren is an older man, who doesn’t know who he is or what or who he wants. He is dating Stephanie, Scooter’s colleague, a naive, young woman looking for the perfect man. The Inappropriateness of Love is a dark comedy about 6 interconnected people, all trying to figure out who they are and what their place is in the game of love.
The Inappropriateness of Love
The Hen and Chickens Theatre
109 St Paul’s Road
London, N1 2NA
4-29 September 2012