“There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” But to the sorority sisters of Theta Beta, the word “help” can mean a great many things. Eager freshman Joni learns this truth the hard way when her lifelong dream of acceptance into Thay Bay becomes a reality. Plunged into a world of Dirty Disney parties, aquamarine pancake bake-offs, and bulimia dream ballets, Joni struggles to transform into the perfect Theta Beta sister–at great personal cost. Yet even while critiquing the highly traditional and inimitably American rituals of sorority life, Period Sisters embraces the redemptive power of female relationships. At its core sits Joni’s burgeoning friendship with Kate, her cynical and struggling sorority mentor. Supported by a “Greek Chorus” of sisters, Joni and Kate strive to please those around them while retaining personal autonomy; an all-too-familiar task to American women in 2016. When an allegation of sexual assault shatters the sorority’s status quo, Kate and Joni must both decide who they are, what they want, and whether their blood really does run aquamarine-and-ivory. Period Sisters consists of a cast of ten female-identifying actors. A stylized, surreal, and theatrical work, Period Sisters mixes pop culture with pageantry, 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