The Warehouse Theatre Company this weekend presents “What Every Girl Should Know,” a provocative play about four girls living in a reformatory who adopt birth control activist Margaret Sanger as their secret patron saint.
The play by Monica Byrne is set in 1914, a time when reading Sanger’s materials or discussing birth control was punishable by law. The play’s title is taken from Sanger’s controversial pamphlet of the same name published in 1916.
“It was so long ago, but a lot of the issues are still relevant today,” said Kristin Cook, public relations director for the Warehouse. “We’re still having conversations about reproductive rights.”
The story, rated PG-13, takes place in the girls’ dormitory room where they read Sanger’s materials and create fantasy lives for themselves. The fantasies of travels and loves clash with reality when one of the girls discovers she is pregnant.
“People should see this play because it’s really different,” Cook said. “It’s eye-opening. People will be thinking about it. They’ll walk away with some new insight or information or questions they want answered themselves.”
Directed by third-year student Lydia Miller, the play stars second-year student Emily Sukolics and first-year students Clara Bentz, Haley Huskey and Meaghan Parker.“What Every Girl Should Know” begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday at the Warehouse Theatre.
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