Top Girls

by Caryl Churchill
directed by Amber Paige McGinnis

Marlene hosts a dinner party in a London restaurant to celebrate her promotion to managing director of ‘Top Girls’ employment agency. Her guests are five women from the past: Isabella Bird (1831- 1904) – the adventurous traveller; Lady Nijo (born 1258) – the medieval courtesan who became a Buddhist nun and travelled on foot through Japan; Dull Gret, who, as Dulle Griet in a Bruegel painting, led a crowd of women on a charge through hell; Pope Joan – the transvestite early female pope; and Patient Griselda, an obedient wife out of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. As the evening passes, the story of Marlene’s rise to the top is revealed.

1983 Obie Award-winner for Best Play

“A blistering yet sympathetic look at women who achieve success by adopting the worst traits of self-made men […] Truly original.” – The New York Times

“Very funny and provocative […] A mind lifting experience.” – The New York Post

NOV 4 - DEC 2, 2017


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