In 1971, at the height of the second-wave feminist movement, the seven Attlee sisters are trying to find their places within their family and within a changing world. Over the course of an eventful Fourth of July weekend in the Hamptons, these young women will come to know the true power of sisterhood.
Cast: 8F, 1M.
Run time: 2 hours, with intermission.
Development History: Commissioned by the San Francisco Olympians Festival, who presented a staged reading of it in Fall 2011. Cast: Xanadu Bruggers (Moira), Rachel Ferensowicz (Elena), Lily Yang (Teresa), Brianna Calabrese (Alison), Alisha Ehrlich (Kelly), Sarah Rose Butler (Sarah), Megan Cohen (Meredith), Karen Offereins (Missy), Brant Rotnem (Bruce). Director: Liz Anderson.
Pleiades also had a staged reading in the Atlantic Stage New Voices Festival in Myrtle Beach, SC in Spring 2013.
Production History: The world premiere of Pleiades took place in August 2014 at the Phoenix Theater in San Francisco, produced by Marissa Skudlarek and No Nude Men Productions. Cast: Susannah Lee (Moira), Amy Nowak (Elaine), Monica Ammerman (Teresa), Annabelle King (Alison), Miranda Hanrahan (Kelly), Emily Ludlow (Sarah), Kailah Cayou (Meredith), Erika Bakse (Diane), Paul Rodrigues (Bruce). Director: Katja Rivera. For more information about this production, visit pleiadessf.wordpress.com.
Pleiades is now available for subsequent productions. Because of its cast of eight young women and one young man, it is especially suited for college drama programs, or high school drama programs that are comfortable with tackling adult themes.
Publication History: An earlier draft of Pleiades is published in Heavenly Bodies, an anthology of plays from the 2011 Olympians Festival. If you have read this version of Pleiades and are interested in producing it, please contact the author for the updated script.