"Real Girls Can't Win," an exploration of body image, popularity and self-expression in the Internet age by Merri Biechler, is the 2009 Centenary Stage Company Women Playwrights Series winner. |
The current production at Augustana College has an all-female cast that poses and prances around a raised stage with abandon.
There's Katie Winters, who wants to be a surgeon; Montana, who soon will be secretary of an ad agency; Sue, who wishes she had lived before computers and hopes to be a good wife; Amanda, who loves hanging out and having fun; Dakota, who has won beauty pageants and likes hanging out and being a slut; and Kate Rogers, who is running for Miss Freshman B Dorm.
In this one-act play, the actresses are seen in the flesh and in photos projected behind the stage. They are Christine Alden, a freshman from Chicago who is Kate; Jessica Meyer, also a freshman, who plays Montana; Mercedes Padro, from Moline, another freshman, who is Sue; Jacquelyn Schmidt, a senior from Algonquin, Ill.., who is Mandy; Jo Vasquez, a junior, who is Dakota; and Jalayna Walton, a freshman, who is Amanda.
Scott Irelan directed the show, pacing it smartly. Ellen Dixon was the costumer, creating some beautiful combinations.
The play asks the question, "How does a girl stay real when the competition becomes fierce?"
Girls are being bombarded by media and advertisements telling them what they should look like, what to wear and ultimately who to be. The primary issue of the play is the effects of low esteem and the constant need to be someone you are not. Life would be so much easier if we were all happy with the person we are.
Remaining performances of "Real Girls" are at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall, Augustana College, 3701 7th Ave., Rock Island. Tickets are $11, or $9 for seniors and students; call (309) 794-7306 for reservations. The play is recommended for children in junior high or older.
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