Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Play a Day: Craigslisted

Sharai Bohannon
For Wednesday I read Craigslisted by Sharai Bohannon and available at New Play Exchange.

There is an entire world out there with which I am entirely unfamiliar, and it's on Craig's List. A couple years ago a post was brought to my attention, a "missed connections" listing that referenced an outdoor Shakespeare performance downtown. Some guy was trying to hook up with someone he met while seeing my production of Henry VIII.

Gave u a free shirt at Shakespeare play - m4w (Tremont)

This morning's play script is about a young women who is trying to make her way through college by answering personal ads from Craig's List. It's charming, whimsical, with a touch of menace, peopled with hilarious and engaging characters and playful situations.

It's also a subversive feminist commentary on poverty, empowerment, and agency. I would love to be a fly on the wall for post-show conversations on this one. We live in an era where those who perform sex work and demanding freedom and dignity, but we also need to look at the economic conditions which compel those who otherwise wouldn't to pursue this career.

Who should I read tomorrow?

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