Good Company Theatre continues its 2019 Season with the Utah Premiere of Ripped by Utah-based playwright Rachel Bublitz.
Lucy is the kind of person who mixes up her metaphors, and fills awkward silences with even more awkward stream-of-consciousness babbling. A college freshman in a new city, she finds herself walking alone one night. Will she have to use it? That night she meets Jared, a nice guy who reminds her of her ex-boyfriend Bradley that she left back home. Or he reminds her of something that might have happened with Bradley. What did she really say? What did they do?
“Ripped takes on the grayness of issues surrounding memory and consent,” says Good Company Theatre Co-Director Alicia Washington. “In the era of “Me Too” and the explosive developments against rape culture it is vital to keep the conversation going, and this play does just that.”
“When unwanted sexual advances and assault are a part of everyday life, like they are for many women, it can distort our clarity,” reflects Good Company Theatre Co-Director Camille Washington. “Rachel Bublitz has written Ripped with that kind of warped sense of a reality that causes a person to question the validity of every decision she’s ever made.”
Ripped features performances by Callahan Crnich as Jared (The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Tempest), Tristan Johnson as Bradley (A Wall Apart, Caroline, Or Change), and Sydnie Schwarzwalder as Lucy (Eurydice, Othello). It is directed by Good Company Theatre Resident Director Nicole Finney (The Children, The Nether, The Appeal, Cowboy Mouth).
Rachel Bublitz’s plays include Ripped, Let’s Fix Andy, Really Adult, Burst, Cheerleaders VS Aliens, and Toxic. Her work has been produced by Z Space, Playwrights Foundation, Custom Made Theatre Company, This Is Water Theatre, Plan-B Theatre, as well as many others. Awards include: Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 2017 Heideman Finalist (Really Adult), Detroit New Works Festival Winner (Ripped), City Theatre’s 2018 National Award for Short Playwriting Finalist (Swallowed), and PlayGround’s June Anne Baker Prize (Reading Babar In 2070). She is the co-founder of 31 Plays in 31 Days.
The World Premiere of Ripped was produced by Z Space (San Francisco). It was the winner of the Detroit New Works Festival (2018), a Finalist of the Unicorn Theatre New Play Reading Series (2018) and a Finalist for the Award of Excellence in Playwriting from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (2017).
This play features discussion and depictions of sexual assault and rape, and contains explicit language. It is recommended for mature audiences only. Requests for more details regarding content can be sent to email@example.com. It runs weekends September 20-October 6 (Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, 2nd Saturday and Sundays at 4pm). Tickets are available for $20 at www.goodcotheatre.com or at the door before each show.