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Babes With Blades Presents the World Premiere of THE LADY DEMANDS SATISFACTION

Babes With Blades Presents the World Premiere of THE LADY DEMANDS SATISFACTIONBabes With Blades Theatre Company (BWBTC) starts its 21st Season with the world premiere of The Lady Demands Satisfaction, playing at City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., July 21 - August 25.

Winner of the most recent Joining Sword and Pen Competition, and developed in 2017-18 through BWBTC's Fighting Words Program, this play is written by Arthur M. Jolly, directed by Babes With Blades Theater Company Member Morgan Manasa with combat by Violence Designer and BWBTC Member Samantha Kaufman. Preview performances are Saturday, July 21 at 8 p.m., Sunday, July 22 at 3 p.m., Thursday, July 26 at 8 p.m. and Friday, July 27 at 8 p.m. Opening Night is Saturday, July 28 at 8 p.m. Regular performances are Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Preview tickets are $10, student and senior tickets are $15 and general admission are $25. Every show has limited tickets for Industry for $10, must present proof of theatre industry affiliation. Additional information and tickets are available now at BabesWithBlades.org.

In The Lady Demands Satisfaction, a young maiden, Trothe, learns that her entire inheritance will be forfeit to anyone that bests her in a duel. Trothe must turn to the finest blade anywhere, (luckily, her Aunt Theodosia) if she is to save her house and lands. In addition to her aunt, she is helped and hindered by two of her favorite servants - whose well-intentioned meddling could create an international incident when a famous German swordmeister arrives on the scene. True to farcical tradition, identities and intentions are mistaken, comedy and sword fighting ensue, and all get the just end they deserve (even if it's not the one the audience expects).

"Heading into our 21st season, we're so pleased to be bringing our third world premiere by Arthur Jolly to the stage," said Co-Artistic Directors Kathrynne Wolf and Elyse Dawson. "This period farce, The Lady Demands Satisfaction, features 18th-century women after our own hearts: taking charge of their destiny while subverting societal ideas of what it means to be female. The show honors our roots with numerous fights in a variety of styles, including robust and silly swordplay, all perfectly in sync with our mission of placing women center stage."

The cast of The Lady Demands Satisfaction includes Kate Booth, "Penelope;" Felipe Carrasco "Osric;" Linsey Falls, "Abernathy;" Amanda Forman, "Luitger;" Ari Kraiman, "Tilly;" Deanalis Resto, "Trothe;" Megan Schemmel*, "Theodosia;" with Kim Fukawa*, Jennifer Mohr and Bobby Hoffman as understudies.

The production team of The Lady Demands Satisfaction includes Samantha Barr, production manager; Bec Bartle, lighting designer; Lauren Brady, assistant stage manager; Carlie Casas, costume designer; Kenya Hall, dramaturg; Carrie Hardin, dialect coach; Stefanie Johnsen, prop designer; Chaz Mathieu, set designer, Kayla Menz, stage manager and Becca Venable, sound designer and technical director.
*denotes BWBTC ensemble member

The Lady Demands Satisfaction Special Events:

Joining Sword and Pen Competition Begins Friday, Aug. 3 - Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019Babes With Blades Theater Company launches the next Joining Sword and Pen (JS&P) competition. On Friday, Aug. 3, following the performance of The Lady Demands Satisfaction, the Babes will release, via FACEBOOK LIVE, an image. The action shown in the image is to be included in the staging of all submitted scripts in the next Joining Sword and Pen Competition. The JS&P competition is seeking submissions from playwrights who identify as female, trans, or gender-nonconforming until February 7, 2019.

These blind submissions should be full-length plays that are then read by and voted on by the Ensemble. The winner will participate in the Fighting Words development process and eventually be staged as a full Babes With Blades production. The winning playwright will also receive $1000 as part of the Margaret Martin Award, sponsored by BWBTC's longtime benefactor, David Woolley. Questions may be sent to newplays@babeswithblades.org and all script submissions tojoiningswordandpen@babeswithblades.org.

Talk Back with the PlaywrightPost Show, Sunday, July 29Join the Company after the matinee performance to hear from the playwright of The Lady Demands Satisfaction, Arthur M. Jolly.

Open Caption Weekend August 9 - 12All performances the August 9 - 12 weekend of The Lady Demands Satisfaction feature open captioning by Caption Point, on a screen provided by the Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium (CCAC) Accessible Equipment Loan Program. The CCAC Accessible Equipment Loan Program is made possible through major funding by the Michael and Mona Heath Fund.

Chicago Foundation for Women Weekend August 23 - 25 BWBTC will be accepting donations from audiences the August 23 - 25 weekend for Chicago Foundation for Women. In 1984, four leaders of Chicago's philanthropic community launched a series of planning groups that laid the financial and programmatic groundwork for what would become Chicago Foundation for Women. This organization looks at issues including work/economic security, freedom from violence, and access to health. For more information on CFW, please go to https://www.cfw.org/about-us/

Pay What You Can Performances Thursdays: August 9 and 16To reserve a pay what you can seat at these two Thursdays, August 9 and 16, audience members may call 773.904.0391. Pay what you can tickets are based on availability and may not be available at the door.


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