Paper Doll Ensemble Stages Inaugural Production THIS IS HOW GIRLS DIE
Paper Doll Ensemble makes their debut with THIS IS HOW GIRLS DIE, a co-production with Plays and Players Theatre, January 24th-Feb. 2nd. This absurdist tragicomedy follows three sisters who, after the death of their mother, lock themselves away in a cottage they fill with plastic and childlike wonder. There they remain until one sister can't take it anymore. This devised piece has been in the works for over a year, with the first iteration (titled WILDER) presented in November of 2017 as part of ReVamp Collective's Beyond the Surface Artist Lab, where they were tasked with creating a show inspired by The Brothers Grimm tale Snow White and Rose Red.
Elements of fairytale and whimsy are still evident in this production, but other source materials such as the podcast Dirty John, and current events surrounding feminism and women's rights have influenced the development of the show. As a "devised" piece of theatre, there is no singular playwright or director, rather this group of artists has created every aspect of the show together. "Everything you see has been collaboratively created, designed, performed, and produced by our ensemble. Rather than beginning with a script, we began with following our impulses in improvisations to ultimately create a visually striking work," explains Pig Iron graduate, Sara Vanasse.
Tickets are $15, with $10 industry tickets available, and can be purchased at http://playsandplayers.org/this-is-how-girls-die/
The Paper Doll Ensemble is a group of feminist devisers and creators in the Philadelphia area, founded in the spring of 2018. Founding members include Amanda Jensen, Grayce Hoffman, Sara Vanasse, and Juliet Gobin. Current members are Amanda Jensen, Sara Vanasse, Grayce Hoffman, Simi Toledano, and Chelsea Cylinder. For more visit www.facebook.com/PaperDollEnsemble