WELCOME TO THE DOLL DEN

                                                                                   devised by the ensemble, directed by Sarah Plotkin                                                                                                                                                                     

We are casting for two upcoming production opportunities!  See casting notice here!

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In Memphis, Tennessee we meet the first all-girl radio station, WGAL.  It’s 1955 and the "Jockettes" are making radio for women from their studio, the Doll Den. But as time marches forward the shtick gets old and the women want more.  What happens when an all-women's station is so good men start listening?  Inspired by real events, Welcome to the Doll Den tells a story about masks, identity, and the cost of success.


"Welcome to the Doll Den is a truly beautiful show that instills us with hope for constant progress, and reminds us of the hardship of those who came before."  - Theatre Is Easy

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"this is a product with plenty of potential to eventually reach Broadway, the circuit and even the silver screen" - Opplaud
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Developed through  a residency and workshop production at The Tank in February 2017, a work-in-progress production at Dixon Place in June 2016 and a Rough Draft Residency at the Drama League in June 2016.

Director Sarah Plotkin on the creation process:

I was shocked that I had never heard about this station before. These women were not just innovators, but feminists in the deepest sense of the word. They worked every day for almost 20 years to chip away at the notion that women's voices and points of view did not belong on the radio. But when I first started immersing myself in their story, I found their actions didn’t always feel very feminist from my 21st century perspective. They called themselves “girls” on air, waved and smiled from the back of convertibles in parades, and decorated their studio in lingerie. What I’ve learned from working on this material is that all of these things were necessary in order for them to succeed.  And that the concept of success can appear in many different forms.

 

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Tank production - February 2017

Ensemble:

Evelyn Dumont, Emily Johnson-Erday, Elena Kritter, Lizzy Ana Lincoln, Leah Ogawa, Alana Thomas, Rev. Yolanda

Dixon Place production - June 2016

Ensemble :

Emily Johnson-Erday, Cassagnol Leonidas Jr., Lizzy Ana Lincoln, Olivia Luna, Leah Ogawa, Alana Thomas, Rev. Yolanda

Creative and Production Team :

Director: Sarah Plotkin

Rehearsal Stage Manager: Clarissa Marie Ligon

Production Stage Manager and Assistant Director: Jazelle Foster

Producer: Elsa Dial and Electric Eye Ensemble

Dramaturg and Choreographer: Julia Corrigan

Sound Designer and Lead Lyricist: Joshua Langman

Lead Composer and Music Director: Emily Johnson-Erday

Set Designer: Andrew Murdock

Lighting Designer: Sophie Talmadge Silleck

Costume Designer: Jeannipher Pacheco

Pianist: Ethan Ness

 

Creative and Production Team:

Director: Sarah Plotkin

Stage Manager and Assistant Director: Jazelle Foster

Producer: Elsa Dial and Electric Eye Ensemble

Dramaturg and Choreographer: Julia Corrigan

Set Designer: Nehprii Amenii

Sound Designer and Lyricist: Joshua Langman

Costume Designer: Katie Andrew

Puppet Designer:  Monica Lerch

Mask Designer: Leah Ogawa

Lighting Designer: Clarissa Marie Ligon

Dialect Coach: Sophia Zukoski