By Rebekah Boroughs and Lindsay Carpenter
The night before her bridal shower in Appalachia, Hannah goes out for a drink only to be drugged and raped by a stranger. As she struggles to deal with wedding planning, doctors, policemen and self-forgiveness, her story intertwines with two other women. Her mother-in-law's past becomes present when she discovers Hannah's horrible secret, and a mythical Grandma Gatewood (the first woman to walk the Appalachian Trail) serves as a spiritual guide to Hannah and her fiance Jaime as they attempt to heal their relationship. The story is told out of chronological order revealing scenes before and after the assault, which is never shown on stage.
Sometimes defiant, sometimes lyrical, the play examines rape culture and the way rape repeats from generation to generation.
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Rebekah Boroughs is a professional actress who holds a B.A. in Theatre Performance and Minor in English from Appalachian State University. She has performed on stage in professional theatre productions in Minnesota, Washington, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina. Rebekah has appeared on-screen in commercials, feature films, webseries, and arthouse films.
Lindsay Carpenter is a theatre artist who currently resides in Boston. Her primary focus is as a playwright and director, and she has had her plays produced and workshopped in Boston, Seattle, and California. In 2018, she will begin graduate studies at NYU for dramatic writing. Her play Borders received the 2015 Kennedy Center ACTF National Undergraduate Playwriting Award. With a passion for new plays and development work, Lindsay frequently organizes play readings (formal and informal) and collaborates with emerging playwrights. She also has growing experience as a dramaturg, light designer, and electrician.
Holly Tatem is a theatrical director and performer based in Atlanta, Georgia. She completed her directing internship with Out of Box theatre in the spring. Through her internship, she had the pleasure of directing a series of shorts highlighting women over the age of forty as well as the one-act play A Game. At Out of Box she served as assistant director for many productions including The Flick and Triassic Parq. Holly moved to Atlanta from South Florida where she worked with Theatre Lab specializing in providing a playwriting program for local schools.