Robert O’Hara is back at Playwrights! Rehearsals for his timely and hilarious satire Mankind are underway.
I’ve been thinking about Mankind…just the word “Mankind”: has man EVER been kind?
Mankind's starting premise, a world without women, takes dead aim at misogyny, but before you know it, its target starts shifting.
The play crackles with humor, much of it arising from the seeming absurdity of the situation itself. But if the play begins by engaging restrictions of reproductive freedom, it doesn’t stop there. It would be unfair to spoil the characteristically unhinged twists of Robert’s plot; suffice to say, the bone he has to pick with the patriarchy turns out to be much bigger and more far-reaching.
Playwright and director Robert O’Hara has a reputation for writing and staging wildly imaginative work that embraces taboo and flaunts convention.
Happy opening to our treasure of a cast and creative team!
Ida Armstrong is broke, lonely, and fading fast. And she’s spending all of her children’s money.