Wasatch Theatre Company Stages Fight Against Sexism
SALT LAKE CITY, April 3, 2018—Wasatch Theatre Company (WTC) continues 20th Anniversary Season with a Theresa Rebeck drama about sexism in the workplace, “What We’re Up Against.” Performances run Friday–Sunday, April 26 –May 12 in the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center Black Box Theatre. Tickets to What We’re Up Against are available at arttix.artsaltlake.org.
“We chose What We’re Up Against because the issues of workplace safety and discrimination pervade our current climate,” said Jim Martin, WTC artistic director. “We want to give voice to the struggles that women face while trying to be seen and heard as equals in the workplace. We believe theatre can be a great vehicle for moving current conversations forward, and we hope that What We’re Up Against can accomplish this.”
What We’re Up Against is a relatable black comedy about gender politics in the workplace.
At the center of the story is a woman, newly hired at an architecture firm, who faces extreme sexism that keeps her from doing her job. Struggling to establish a foothold at the firm, she takes actions that upend the social and workplace status quo.
Director Natalia Noble said, “So much of the toxic dynamic displayed in this show is seen in workplaces throughout the nation. These men and women should be respected colleagues, not professional enemies. The distrust, resentment, and even the utter contempt is shocking to watch. At the root of it all, the poison pumping into the corporate veins, is toxic masculinity: the privilege, the sense of entitlement, and fear of emasculation by a powerful woman.
Until we suck that poison out, What We’re Up Against will remain relevant.”
The central character, Eliza, is portrayed by up-and-coming film and theater actress Mary Neville. Some of her recent projects include Lenora in “Utahoma” and Alice Avenue in “DracMan vs. SuperiorMan” at the Off Broadway Theatre, and Christine Schoenwalder in “Picnic” at The Grand Theatre. Film credits include Jayda in the 2018 “Not Cinderella’s Type.”
Rounding out the cast is Levi Brown, Mike Brown, Stacey Jenson, and Daniel McLeod.
“What We’re Up Against” by Theresa Rebeck
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Leona Wagner Black Box Theatre
April 26 –May 12, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets: arttix.artssaltlake.org, 801-355-ARTS; $20.00
There is a special fund-raising performance on Thursday, April 26 at 8:00 p.m. to benefit 801 Creative Women, a group of Utah women in arts that advocate, support, and collaborate with each other. You can find out more about this organization at 801creativewomen.com. Tickets for $30.00 for this performance.
About Wasatch Theatre Company
WTC envisions theatre as a classroom where actors, directors, playwrights, and technicians can apprentice, experiment, and produce in a supportive environment that encourages individual and collaborative growth.
About Theresa Rebeck
Theresa Rebeck was born in Kenwood, Ohio on February 19, 1958 and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. Besides being a prolific playwright, she’s also a novelist and television writer, and her work has appeared on Broadway and the Off-Broadway stage, as well as television and the silver screen. She has been nominated for and received many awards, including the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar award for her work on “NYPD Blue”, and as of 2012, she has received the Athena Film Festival Award for Excellence as a Playwright and Author of Films, Books, and Television.
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