Employing astonishing theatrical imagery, Caryl Churchill’s Fen interrogates issues of gender, class, and exploitation with grace, humor, and anger. Dramaturg and University of Chicago lecturer Derek Matson ( Photograph 51 , The Mousetrap ) digs into the multitudinous themes and histories that make Churchill’s play tick, offering insight into how this type of research informs the creative process and how dramaturgy is conducted in the theatre. Jeff Award-winning director Vanessa Stalling ( Photograph 51 ) will join Matson in these conversations to discuss how dramaturgy fuels her own work as an artist.
Quick character descriptions: PARIS: 10 to 14-years-old, energetic, a natural leader who lives to roller skate with her crew. GIGI: 13-17-years-old is a black plus-sized girl. She has great style and a great attitude. She always brings her “can’t keep me down” energy to everything she does. Her body positivity is inspiring.
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