“There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” But to the sisters of Theta Beta (Chapter Beta Theta), the word “help” can mean many things. When sweet and self-conscious Joni rushes “Thay Bay,” an exclusive sorority in Southern California, she plunges into a world of Dirty Disney parties, aquamarine pancake bake-a-thons, and bulimia dream ballets, ultimately discovering the pain and loneliness lurking beneath Theta Beta’s shiny veneer. Yet even while critiquing the highly traditional and inimitably American rituals of sorority life, Period Sisters embraces the redemptive power of female relationships. Theta Beta’s motto, “for each other,” becomes both a question and a challenge, as playwright Ali Viterbi explores what women owe other women, and what we each owe ourselves. A stylized and surreal theatrical work, Period Sisters mixes pop culture with pageantry, and superficial with sacred, to create a searing portrait of life as a young, 21st-century woman.
Workshop – Roundhouse Theatre, Bethesda, MD, 2017
Staged Reading – The Drama League, New York, 2017
Staged Reading – Davenport Theatre, New York, 2017
Photo from 2017 reading at the Davenport Theatre