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53% Of

Full-Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  6w

This biting satire explores the beliefs of white women on each side of the American political spectrum, exposing both those whose activism empowered the politics of the far right conservative party, and those whose performative liberal allyship has problematic limits.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    6w
  • Duration
    Duration
    90 minutes
  • Suggested Use
    • Scene work
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult
Accolades
Accolades
  • Winner! 2019 Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Award

Details

Summary
The President is coming to town, and the ladies of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania are beside themselves planning for the big event. Later, their husbands drink beer and talk smack. Much later, a group of 20-somethings gather in Brooklyn to plan a fundraiser... or is it a march? Or is it a ritual to absolve their own guilt? A play about complicity and the violence of the status quo, 53% Of asks what happens when we stop equating white womanhood with goodness, and ignorance with innocence.
History
After a workshop at Ojai Playwrights Conference in 2018, 53% Of premiered off-Broadway at Second Stage Theater on 14 June 2022. Directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene, the production featured Anna Crivelli, Eden Malyn, Marianna McClellan, Grace Rex, Cathryn Wake and Ayana Workman.
Cast Attributes

LESLIE/LARRY/LUCY – white
DENISE/DEREK/DANA – white
SUE/STAN/SASHA – white
VICKY/VICTOR/VIVIAN – white
PJ/RJ – white
KJ – Black

The characters in Scenes 1 and 2 are in their 30s-40s.
The characters in Scenes 3 and 4 are in their 20s-30s.

  • Time Period Contemporary
  • Setting A living room in PA. An apartment in Brooklyn. A bar in Harlem. Dec 2016–Mar 2017.
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Duration 90 minutes
  • Cautions
    • Alcohol
    • Strong Language

Media

“Expose[s] all parts of America's wretched political spectrum (particularly its Caucasian portions) for playing the same ludicrous game.” – TheaterMania

“Del Rosso’s play is a kind of target practice, and in every act those targets are big... The conservative women crave status and recognition. The conservative men crave women who aren’t their wives. The liberal women mask ego as sanctimony.” – The New York Times

“An arresting, surprising, powerful play!” – New Play Exchange

“Steph Del Rosso draws... unflattering parallels between the white women who voted for Trump and the ones who marched against him.” – TheaterMania

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    53% Of at UCSD Theatre

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    53% Of at Second Stage

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Authors

Steph Del Rosso

Steph Del Rosso writes plays, fiction, film, and television. Her work has been produced or developed at Second Stage Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Studio Theatre, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Kennedy Center, Alliance Theatre, Ojai Playwrights Conference, and others. ...
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