A Woman by Chris Cragin-Day
Synopsis: (From Cragin-Day’s website) Kim’s church doesn’t allow women to be elders. For nine years she’s tried to get a woman eldership, and for nine years she’s failed. This year, though, she’s not taking “no” for an answer – regardless of the cost. But when the newly appointed pastor decides to call her bluff, Kim must decide what’s most important to her as a Christian, as a progressive, and as a woman.
Cast: 2F, 1M
Key Words/Themes: feminism, religion, representation, leadership, Christianity
My Thoughts: Listen, y’all, I’m not religious and generally plays that invoke religion strongly bore me. This play was an exception for me, because for me it mirrored exactly the arguments surrounding who should be the Democratic party nominee for president. Watching Cliff turn from a proto-feminist into an actual person enacting feminism as action was really moving to watch. I also enjoyed Cliff and Kim’s debates, because they didn’t feel toxic like some women vs. men debates can be onstage. Cliff and Kim are lifelong friends, and their friendship is stronger than their disagreement – the arguments feel high-stakes, but productive.
In my life right now I’m witnessing a lot of debates surrounding what it means to live and enact your values daily. This play is an interesting exercise in what it means to live feminism as a verb, not just a noun. (This play is not explicitly intersectional, but I think could be cast in such a way that it invokes intersectionality and the way feminism as a movement has failed many women of color/ability.)
Where I Found It: Personal collection