This group was assembled in June 2018, and were challenged with the task of creating a
one-act devised piece about historical womxn, inspired by the first scene of Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls,
during which a “modern day” womxn has a dinner party with famous womxn from different time periods and
discuss the female experience. Each actress chose a womxn they identified with, were inspired by,
and felt they could portray onstage, then began their own dramaturgical work to learn about them. We met
several times to present our findings and begin collaborating to see how their stories intertwined.
The group met once a month to do readings of the script, watch films that contributed to their creative process,
and engage in discussion about their experiences as womxn and artists.
The playwrights took the obstructions of the space, the dramaturgy done by each actress, time limit,
and went to work. They utilized a collaborative writing process where the cast and creative teams provided
feedback after readings and used devising exercises to develop the script further.