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Art is the lie that makes us realize the truth
– Pablo Picasso
By Caryl Churchill
April 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6, Wismer Theatre
Directed by William J. Johnson
Voice/Text/Dialect Director: Cynthia Lammel
Scenic Design: Marty Gilbert
Sound Design: Sean Popejoy
Lighting Design: Amanda MaKieve
Projections Design: Annaliese Baker
Costume & Make-Up Design: Annaliese Baker
Properties: David Beasley
Top Girls is a 1982 play by Caryl Churchill. It depicts the life of Marlene, a hard-bitten career woman who runs the 'Top Girls' employment agency, and her interactions with her family she left behind. Marlene left her working class background to pursue financial success, leaving her illegitimate child with her apparently infertile sister, Joyce. The play is set in Britain and implicitly condemns the increasing incidence of Thatcherist values in society, and especially their effect on Feminism. Churchill has stated that the play was inspired by her conversations with American feminists: it comments on the contrast between American feminism, which celebrates individualistic women who acquire power and wealth, and British socialist feminism, which involves collective group gain.