BLUE STOCKINGS by Jessica Swale
Directed by Spenser Davis
Promethean’s Season 14 kicks off with the Chicago premiere of Blue Stockings, a moving, comical, and eye-opening story of four young women fighting for education and self-determination against the larger backdrop of women’s suffrage. Cambridge 1896, and Girton College, home to the country’s first female students, is an object of annoyance and derision to the rest of the university. The year’s intake of new women face economic difficulty, the distractions of men and radical politics, and the jaw-dropping prejudice that blights every aspect of academic life. Meanwhile, there looms the prospect of a controversial vote to decide if these ‘blue stockings’ should be allowed to graduate. Written by Jessica Swale. Performances of Blue Stockings will take place at The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave.
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Creatives & Crew
Director – Spenser Davis
Stage Manager – Alexa Berkowitz*
Assistant Director – Angela Forshee
Props Designer – Devon Green
Dialect Coach – Carrie Hardin
Sound Designer – Tony Ingram
Photography – Tom McGrath**
Set Designer – Therese Ritchie
Lighting Designer – Claire Sangster
Costume Designer – Rachel Sypniewski
Fight Choreographer – Maureen Yasko
Understudy – John Blick
Understudy – Michael Brigance
September 13 – October 13, 2019
Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 3:00pm
September 16, 2019 at 7:30pm
September 30, 2019 at 7:30pm
Performed at The Den Theatre
1331 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
Jessica Swale’s set-in-1896 drama feels depressingly contemporary in…director Spenser Davis’s incendiary never-mind-reading-this-get-a-ticket-now-caliber Promethean production.
Spenser Davis, director, play
Rachel M. Sypniewski, costume design
Swale’s play—at times very funny, at others romantic, and at others powerfully dramatic—is fictional, but it tackles real-world feminist issues of the late 19th Century that strongly relate to issues concerning us today.
Heather Kae Smith*
Elise Marie Davis
**Indicates PTE artistic associate