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IU Theatre Department to virtually screen 'Bonnets'



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A screen grab from the IU Theatre Department's website Photo Illustration by Izzy Myszak

The IU Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance will virtually screen “Bonnets,” a dramatic-comedy play about women confronting the violence they face, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27-31.

The play, written by Jen Silverman and directed by Jamie Anderson, follows bonnet-clad women facing legacies of violence, intimidation and power as they are expected to reproduce. The result, according to the event’s webpage, is both unexpected and hilarious. 

“Driven by agency rather than victimhood, the women show us how ladies of good breeding might be induced to murder,” the play’s description says. 

By subverting the typical historical portrayals of women as obedient and subservient, the play finds humor in the pain the women face. 

The production of “Bonnets” was commissioned by the Big 10 consortium to be part of its new series of plays featuring and produced by women. 

“Bonnets” will only be presented digitally and no in-person performances will take place. Tickets can be purchased on the IU Theatre Department website for free.

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