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Theatre Dept. press release   Date: 5/11/10 Bookmark and Share

Smith Stage: Tricky 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, San Diego.

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.

Tricky 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 email

About Lisa Meyers

Lisa Meyers 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 musicals (Mike’s 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.

Visit Lisa’s Web site.

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