In light of Friday's SCOTUS ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade and its protection of abortion rights nationwide, Steph Del Rosso's semi-satirical political drama 53% Of now inches closer to a horror play. The show kicks off in December 2016, and in 2022, where it could just as easily be set, it reminds us of the grave, lasting effects of that election. That said, it shouldn't take a catastrophic ruling for a play to pack a punch. 53% Of is assembled from a collection of political talking points...
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Second Stage Theater kicks off its 20th anniversary Uptown Series with 53% Of, a world-premiere play by Steph Del Rosso. Check back for information on 53% Of tickets on New York Theatre Guide.
53% Of takes its title from the percentage of white American women who voted for former President Donald Trump in the 2016 election. The statistic "became an obsession for me," Del Rosso said in a statement. "This play is my attempt to find a frank, dark, and funny way to talk about white women — the ones who voted for him and the ones who didn't."
In the play, the president is coming to town, and the good ladies of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania are beside themselves planning to give him a hero's welcome; later, their husbands drink and posture during his swearing in. And in Brooklyn, a group of 20-something white women gather to plan . . . a revolution? Or is it a ritual to absolve their own guilt? 53% Of shines a spotlight on the status quo and shakes up our perceived notions of who calls themselves good and who pleads ignorance.
Tiffany Nichole Green directs.
June 14th, 2022
July 10th, 2022
June 13th, 2022
WP Theater - McGinn/Cazale Theater
Cast and creative
By: Steph Del Rosso Director: Tiffany Nichole Greene Producer: Second Stage Theater Cast list: Anna Crivelli, Eden Malyn, Marianna McClellan, Grace Rex, Cathryn Wake, Ayana Workman