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When We Were Young and Unafraid

When We Were Young and Unafraid
Your Price: $14.95 CDN
Author: Sarah Treem
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 66
Pub. Date: 2015
ISBN-10: 0822232480
ISBN-13: 9780822232483

About the Play:

When We Were Young and Unafraid is a full-length drama by Sarah Treem. When Agnes, an owner of a safe house, takes in a runaway named Mary Anne and begins to worry about her influence on her college-bound daughter Penny, she's forced to deal with her own internalized misogyny.

When We were Young and Unafraid is based on the historical "safe houses" that served as refuge for women fleeing from abuse in the early 1970s, before Roe v. Wade or the Violence Against Women Act. Agnes has turned her quiet bed and breakfast into one of the few spots where victims of domestic violence can seek refuge. But to Agnes's dismay, her latest runaway, Mary Anne, is beginning to influence Agnes's college-bound daughter Penny. As the drums of a feminist revolution grow louder outside of Agnes's tiny world, Agnes is forced to confront her own presumptions about the women she's spent her life trying to help. From the writer of HBO's House of Cards and In Treatment, When We Were Young and Unafraid keeps secrets, tests perceptions and challenges not only 1970 conventions but contemporary ones as well.

When We Were Young and Unafraid premiered in 2014 off-Broadway by Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) at City Center Stage I in New York City. Since then the play had regional premieres at professional theatres across the US and has been mounted by high schools, colleges, and community theatres.

Cast: 4 women, 1 man

What people say:

"Ms. Treem…finds the feminist flux and foment in an era that has been more traditionally presented as comically awkward and quaint. She has come up with a smart and exciting premise to bring characters of different backgrounds – and different notions of what it means to be a woman at a pivotal historical moment – into proximity and conflict." — New York Times

"…Treem expertly lays the groundwork for an intriguing dynamic as each woman's perspective is challenged. [When We Were Young and Unafraid] is strong on dialogue and character detail…." — Hollywood Reporter

"When We Were Young and Unafraid is a stark reminder of how rare it is to see such urgent subject matter tackled in mainstream theater." — NBC NY

About the Playwright:

Sarah Treem is an American TV writer, producer, and playwright. She started out her career in Theatre, before moving to write for Television. Her first foray into Television, was writing and producing all three seasons of the acclaimed HBO series In Treatment, for which she won a WGA Award and was nominated for a Humanities Award. From there, she moved on to write and co-executive produce the inaugural season of the political drama House of Cards, which was nominated for a Pimetime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. She is the co-creator and showrunner of the Golden Globe-winning Showtime drama The Affair, which won for Outstanding Drama Series. She has taught playwriting at Yale University, where she earned her B.A. and M.F.A.

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