Wicked Bitch a Quest for Identity
Annie-Sage Whitehurst ’11 poses as Wiley Booker in
Lisa Meyers' Tricky Wicked Bitch.
The Theatre Department is pleased
to present a new play by award-winning young playwright and
theatre major Lisa Flora Meyers ’11.
Meyers’ play Tricky
Wicked Bitch, which will be directed by Sarah Thompson ’10,
took second prize in the 2010 Dr. Gaffney Playwriting Award/Baldwin
New Play Festival competition at the University of California,
The play runs Thursday through
Saturday, May 13 to 15, at 8:30 p.m. in Hallie Flanagan Studio
Theatre, Mendenhall Center. There will be an opening night
reception with the director, cast and crew following the
May 13 performance.
Wicked Bitch, Meyers
explains, is a quest for identity and family, told in poetry
and vignette, music, dance, and time travel. Rose, a biracial
girl raised by her gay adoptive father, is searching for
her father and the secrets of her dead mother as she embarks
on a time-bending journey to a 1920s blues club where she
falls in love with an enigmatic singer, Wiley Booker, and
struggles with history and destiny.
To purchase tickets ($8,
general public, $5 for students/seniors, $3 for Smith students),
call the Smith theatre box office, 413-585-ARTS (2787) or
is a theatre major and a creative writing graduate of the
Orange County High School of the Arts. She is a two-time
winner of The Blank Theatre Young Playwrights Festival in
Hollywood, Calif. (Noël, Respect for the Electric
Field of Horses) and Respect was selected for the Young Playwrights Inc. National
Playwriting Competition in New York, N.Y., and was produced as part of the Smith
College 2009 Festival of One-Act Plays.
She has worked with The Hunger
Artists Theatre Company in Fullerton, Calif. (Respect,
Henry and Johanna), and has recently started writing
Unconsummated Date, High School Jewsical). She
is also a poet/performance artist who has been featured at
the Ugly Mug Café in
Orange, Calif. She dabbles in acting (Flip
Side, Ephemera, which were both produced
by the Smith Theatre Department), stage management, directing,
and a smattering of academic interests (music, history, Jewish
studies), but her love and life’s
ambition is in playwriting.