Santa Monica Rep brings their popular reading series to The Edye, exploring themes and questions relevant to our current national conversation. This series of Pulitzer Prize-winning and nominated American plays will enlighten and delight, challenge and confound, with post-show discussions that ask the big questions.
August 21: The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Tony Award, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Hull-Warriner Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
A coming of age story set against the backdrop of the women’s liberation movement from the 60’s through the 80’s, this Pulitzer Prize winner from Wendy Wasserstein is a moving examination of the progress of a generation, from the socially and politically activist sixties to the success-oriented eighties—a time during which the status of American women underwent profound, and sometimes unsettling, change. As women around the world reach the highest levels of corporate, social, and political power, this play examines how we got here. In addition to the Pulitzer, The Heidi Chronicles also won the Tony Award, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Hull-Warriner Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Funny, touching, and written with rare grace and sensitivity.
September 11: In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play by Sarah Ruhl
Winner! 2010 Will Glickman Award for Best New Play to Premiere in the Bay Area!
Sarah Ruhl is the 2003 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama
In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play is a comedy about marriage, intimacy, and electricity. Set in the 1880s at the dawn of the age of electricity and based on the bizarre historical fact that doctors used vibrators to treat 'hysterical' women (and some men), the play centers on a doctor and his wife and how his new therapy affects their entire household. Sarah Ruhl is one of the most widely produced playwrights in America today because of her singular voice, and this 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist, shines a unique and uproarious light on a very private matter.
Santa Monica Rep Presents’ Play Reading series at The Broad Stage made possible in part by generous gifts from James & Laura Maslon, and The Attias Family Foundation.