“Bitch” hits the stage
March 11th, 2011
Omaha, NE – One little play in town has been stirring up a lot of conversation, and itâ€™s all because of one word.
A word is a word, and obviously it can represent several meanings. But for an expletive or a curse word, thereâ€™s always that sharp sting to it as itâ€™s spoken. For one play in Omaha, that sting has also translated into a lot of buzz. Around town, poster boards of the five-letter word written in large, bold white font have both aroused curiosity and confusion, and the accompanying words perception, reality, and execution arenâ€™t giving too much away either. So whatâ€™s the name of the play you might ask? Itâ€™s Bitch.
Artistic Director Jenny Pool said it wasnâ€™t always the intention of the playwrights to use the controversial name. In fact, it really just came out of the blue.
â€œThere was sort of a silence after it was said,” she said. “Maybe it was just a joke…Then everyone started nodding their head, and then it became, â€œYea, no, we actually should call it that.â€
Pool said the play focuses on four women, each having left their own unique mark on history. These women include Marie Antoinette, Ann Askew, Mary Seratz, and Mata Hari. For the playâ€™s purposes, thereâ€™s a concentration on how the women react to persecution. Ultimately, their strength to stand up against it leads to their executions.
â€œThereâ€™s all these really black and white notions of who they are,” Pool said. For “a lot of them, itâ€™s really just not like that. Their stories are not black and white. Their stories really need to be examined … in the context of how that happened. When it comes down to it, the primary thing that got them in trouble … was the fact that they broke the code. Women were supposed to be a certain kind of thing, women were supposed to act a certain kind of way, the rules they were born into, they were supposed to follow a certain set of rules. And they werenâ€™t really interested in following those rules.â€
The play will debut with a late night showing beginning at 11 pm on March 18th at the Bluebarn Theatre in Omaha.
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