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Phosphates and Fistfights
by Dionne O'Dell
Monday, February 19, 2024 at 7pm

The next Dark Nights in Billtown:
Monday, April 29, 2024 at 7pm


Dark Nights in Billtown is our opportunity to explore interesting plays, topics and conversation with our audience members. Join us for staged readings of three plays in the 2023-2024 season, read by professional actors under the guidance of professional directors. These scaled down evenings let us bring more theatrical experiences to you.

Phosphates and Fistfights
by Dionne O'Dell
Monday, February 19 at 7pm

Phosphates and Fistfights is a retelling of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s acclaimed short story The Yellow Wallpaper. Part One of the play confronts Jane’s psychological unravelling brought on by post-partum depression, restrictive gender roles, and isolation. It is dramatized through the framework of the suffrage movement in the 1890s, which Gilman was herself involved in. Part Two fast forwards to 1920, months prior to ratification, and highlights a family that is now living in a time of prohibition, the Comstock Laws/Suppression of Vice, and opposition to a woman’s right to choose. The narrative highlights how the characters persevere through fearlessness, resilience, science, and the hope for a better future.

All readings held in-person at the Williamston Theatre! No reservations necessary. Suggested donation of $10 at the door.


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