Caryl Churchill’s Drama Top Girls Launches the 2010-2011 Season at Boston College

The Boston College Theatre Department and the Robsham Theater Arts Center open their 2010-2011 season with a production of Caryl Churchill’s Top GirlsPerformances will take place at the Robsham’s mainstage theater on October 7th through the 9th at 7:30pm each evening, and Sunday October 10th at 2:00pm. Tickets are now on sale.

Deirdre McCourt '12

Deirdre McCourt '12 rehearses for Top Girls

Top Girls is a play about women and womanhood.  The play centers on the character of Marlene, a London businesswoman who has just been promoted to the position of managing director of a fast-paced employment agency.  In the first scene, a number of women from different periods of history and culture gather to celebrate her rise to the top.   But the rest of the play raises questions about what is gained and what is lost as women pursue success in the workplace.

“It’s the perfect play to do on a college campus,” says Scott T. Cummings, Chair of the Theatre Department, “where half the student population are women grappling with the same questions as the characters in the play. Who do I want to be?  How do I balance work, love, family? Do I have to act like a man to achieve what men have achieved?

Caryl Churchill, author of "Top Girls"

Caryl Churchill, playwright

Top Girls is as bold and timely today as when it first opened in London in 1982 at the Royal Court Theatre, famous for producing many new plays and playwrights over the past five decades.  The play’s form is as challenging as its subject. Lines of dialogue overlap, actors play multiple roles, events are presented out of chronological order, all in the service of stimulating a fresh perspective on the social role and spiritual life of women.

Top Girls features an all-female cast of nine undergraduate theater majors, eight of whom play multiple roles.  The production is directed by Patricia Riggin, professor of acting in the Theatre Department.  Her previous productions at BC have included Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Shelagh Stephenson’s An Experiment with an Air Pump.  The production’s designers are Theatre Department faculty Crystal Tiala (scenery) and Jackie Dalley (costumes), as well as guest lighting designer Karen Perlow.

Tickets for Top Girls are $10 for students and seniors, $15 for all others.  Group discounts are available.  Contact the box office of the Robsham Theatre Arts Center at 617-552-4002.

For more information about this production or about the BC Theatre Department, contact Scott T. Cummings, Chair, or Debbie Haddad, Administrative Assistant, at or 617-552-4012.


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