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Bull in a China Shop

Bryna Turner

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5f

CRITICS PICK! “A pugnacious, tender and gloriously funny new play. Bryna Turner makes an immensely auspicious professional playwriting debut...Bull in a China Shop is passionate, joyous and radiant with life!” - The New York Times

Bull in a China Shop

by  Bryna Turner

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f
  • Duration
    Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Biography, Period
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
Description
Inspired by the real letters between Mary Woolley and Jeannette Marks spanning from 1899 to 1937, a fast-paced comedy asking: what is revolution? What does it mean to be at odds with the world? How do we fulfill our potential? And how the hell do we grow old together?
History

Bull in a China Shop premiered at LCT3 in New York City in February 2017 under the direction of Lee Sunday Evans.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Cautions
  • Strong Language
  • Mild Adult Themes

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s, 1920s, 1910s / WWI, 1900-1910
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Setting:

Various locations in and around an old Massachusetts’ seminary-‐‐turned-‐‐university between 1899 and 1937.

Casting

5f
Cast Attributes
  • All Female
  • Multicultural casting
WOOLLEY – (Mary) the swagger of a gunslinger buttoned into an ankle length dress; a confident and caring partner to Marks. 
MARKS – (Jeannette) a moody and fitful writer and partner, an enigmatic teacher; Woolley’s former student and current partner, ten years Woolley’s junior.
DEAN WELSH – a tight-‐‐lipped New England type. Woolley’s subordinate, but Marks’ superior.
PEARL – the president of a secret society of fan-‐‐girls of the relationship between Marks and Woolley, Marks’ obsessively devoted student. 
FELICITY – Marks’ roommate in a house off-‐‐campus named Sweet Pea. A professor in the Philosophy Department.

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CRITICS PICK! “A pugnacious, tender and gloriously funny new play. Bryna Turner makes an immensely auspicious professional playwriting debut...Bull in a China Shop is passionate, joyous and radiant with life!” - The New York Times, Read More 

FOUR STARS! "Bull in a China Shop does the sisterhood proud! Heartbreaking, hilarious and delectable." - Time Out NY, Read More 

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Authors

Bryna Turner

Bryna Turner is a Brooklyn-based playwright originally from Northern California. Her play, Bull in a China Shop, recently premiered at LCT3, and will be produced by About Face Theatre in Chicago this spring. Her work has also been developed with Abingdon Theatre Company, Clubbed Thumb, Colt Coeur, Ensemble Studio Theat ...

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