poster design by  Lauren Kerr

poster design by Lauren Kerr

Caitlin is currently developing a new piece with playwright Mara Thomas, who wrote last year's Yes to Nothing for Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, titled YEAR OF THE MONKEY. This partly scripted, partly devised play centers on female rage, warrior babes, ritual, intuition, getting back to nature, and modern warfare, and will go up at The Tank in Manhattan June 13-22. The show follows a squadron of 5 women+ who are waging literal war on the patriarchy deep in the jungle, green beret-style, and digs into how we unknowingly replicate the same bullshit abuses in our struggles to dismantle the master's house.

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Inspired by: Audre Lorde's Sister OutsiderThe Spell of the Sensuous, Women Who Run With the Wolves, The Woman in the Shaman’s Body, The Things They Carried, If I Die in a Combat Zone: Box Me Up and Ship Me Home, Michael Herr's Dispatches, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Psychomagic; Apocalypse Now, Platoon, Full Metal Jacket; the Dionysian Mysteries, Jungian archetypes, and ancient mythology... among many, many other things.

Mara & director Caitlin Wells were recently awarded creative residencies with Drop Forge & Tool in Hudson, New York, and the Turkeyland Cove Foundation on Martha’s Vineyard to continue to develop YEAR OF THE MONKEY.

 


The world premiere of an original play by Mara Thomas

Four young punk rockers tumble out of the van in the early '80s. With no rules and no road map, they navigate the beer- and piss-stained music scene of their youth as well as their lives and legacy 20 years later.

Featuring Drina Dunlap, Nelle Dunlap, Maxine Eloi, Jessica Hudson, Maggie Lea, Dana Marks, Meredith Sause, Alice Rose Turner & Steven G. Cooper

Directed by Caitlin Wells

Stage managed by Jessica Flemming

Design & photos by Kim Black

Musical direction by William Dawson & Owen FitzGerald

 

Slim's (Raleigh): Aug 31 - Sept 2

Nightlight (Chapel Hill): Sept 7-9

Pinhook (Durm): Sept 14-16

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"New Play ‘Yes to Nothing’ Follows Four Women In Punk Across The Decades"

- WUNC radio preview with the cast & playwright Mara Thomas

Old punks never die. They just stand in the back.

photos & design by Kim Black

photos & design by Kim Black