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Strange Sun Theater's WICKEDEST WOMAN Finds Full Cast


Strange Sun Theater's WICKEDEST WOMAN Finds Full Cast

CASTING IS COMPLETE for the World Premiere of WICKEDEST WOMAN by Jessica Bashline directed by Melissa Crespo.

Produced by Strange Sun Theater, at the WP Theater January 19-February 2, 2019.

WICKEDEST WOMAN is a true story about the history of abortion and reproductive rights in the US. The cast features Jessica O'Hara-Baker* as Ann Trow Lohman, a midwife and abortionist in NYC throughout the 1800's. Known as Madame Restell, when Ann began performing abortions in 1838 they were legal in the US and when she committed suicide almost 40 years later at the end of her career, they were illegal. A gender bending cast of 7 actors tells this epic story of Ann's rise to notoriety and her struggle to keep her life intact as the scrutiny and even physical danger became ever more intense.

The cast includes: Jose-Maria Aguila* ("Pulse", The Guthrie); Luke Zimmerman* ("Masculinity Max", The Public); Emily Gardner Xu Hall* ("Nell Gwynn", Chicago Shakespeare), Dawn McGee* ("High Maintenance", "The Tick"), Evan Daves *("Coast of Utopia", LCT), Jasmin Walker* ("Avenue Q", New World Stages).

Melissa Crespo (Director) is a NYC based director of theater, opera and film with a focus on new work. Upcoming: Native Gardens co-produced by Syracuse Stage, Geva Theatre Center and Portland Center Stage. Recent: graveyard shift by Korde Arrington Tuttle (San Francisco Playhouse). Jessica Bashline (Playwright) is the Artistic Director of Strange Sun Theater. A director and actor by trade Jessica teaches acting at NYU. WICKEDEST WOMAN has been through 3 years of development with Strange Sun Theater, Goddard College, and Scrap Mettle Theater, as a finalist in their inaugural emerging artist series.

The rest of the creative team includes Anna Driftmier (Sets), Emily White (Costumes), Christina Watanabe (Lighting), Brett Kristofferson (Musical Supervisor).

Strange Sun Theater just finished its fifth year as a company devoted to the creation of new work. WICKEDEST WOMAN marks Strange Sun's sixth full production. In addition, Strange Sun has yearly playwriting development opportunities and education programs.

WICKEDEST WOMAN will play 14 performances, January 19- February 2 at The WP Theater (2162 Broadway), tickets are $35 and on sale at

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* All actors are appearing courtesy of Actor's Equity Association

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