Dude, it's here — the first look at Robert O'Hara's ‘Mankind’
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It’s 1988 and the planning committee for Garrison High School’s ninth annual Miles For Mary Telethon is fired up and ready to go.
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.
I wanted to write something about the past, something that required no invention, that I had to be really accountable to, that had a real grounding in reality. I am always interested in projecting– into the past, into the future, into a nearby person. And I was compelled by the kind of emotional geometry of trying to think of my father as a son.