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Jaclyn Backhaus; photo by Marcus Middleton

Wives


Peter Jay Sharp Theater

Written by Jaclyn Backhaus
Directed by Margot Bordelon

Jody Falco and Jeffrey Steinman Emerging Playwright Commission
World premiere

DIANE
You’re the queen, bitch. There isn’t any king around. This is your world.

From the brawny castles of 16th Century France, to the rugged plains of 1960s Idaho, to the strapping fortresses of 1920s India, all hail the remarkable stories of Great Men! — and their whiney, witchy, vapid, vengeful, jealous wives. In this kaleidoscopic, time-hopping comedy, Jaclyn Backhaus pushes past patriarchal cliché to reach an ecstatic breakthrough, untethering stories and history — and language itself — from the visions made by men.

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