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    Play puts women on ‘Top’

    The upcoming play “”Top Girls,”” written by Caryl Churchill and produced by the UA School of Theatre Arts Fall Workshop, raises the question of whether presidential candidate Hillary Clinton should embrace her stoic and competitive nature or settle down and pop out a couple of kids.

    In actuality, the play has nothing to do with Clinton, but it does address the issue of women abandoning their maternal inclinations to compete in the masculine worlds of business and “”success.””

    “”Churchill is critiquing the idea of sacrificing the things that make you a woman to succeed in a patriarchal society,”” said Meg Tully, director of the show and a theatre arts education senior.

    Described as a “”post-modern, socialist, feminist drama,”” “”Top Girls,”” Tully hopes, will address issues on the minds of young, motivated women on campus.

    “”Young women in college generally have career paths and goals. You don’t get so many girls coming to college with a major in finding a husband,”” Tully said. “”I feel like women still have to ask themselves, ‘Do we want to stay home and have babies or do we want to travel the world?'””

    While the play asks some engaging questions, audiences shouldn’t come to “”Top Girls”” expecting the answers to come in traditional, linear fashion. The play attempts to break away from that mold to create a structure that is less male-gratifying.

    “”The model of most plays you see follow a very masculine pattern. There’s a build, build, build, then there’s a climax – it’s very much like the male orgasm,”” Tully said. “”Feminist theater is a conscious rejection of that structure and emphasizes a more episodic non-linear structure and values many voices instead of just having a lead character.””

    While Tully admits the play may confuse audience at first, she is confident that unless you are a “”child or a moron,”” you will get an intellectual payoff at the end that will encourage you to consider and discuss the issues that arose in the play.

    For this reason, there will be a post-show discussion with the head dramaturge, Michelle Miller, after tomorrow’s show.

    “”It will be an opportunity for the audience to ask the actors or myself questions about the concepts of the show,”” Miller said. “”It may help the audience understand more about what’s going on.””

    “”Top Girls”” runs from today through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Room 116 of the Drama building, at the southeast corner of North Park Avenue and East Speedway Boulevard. Admission is $4.

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