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 that men start listening? Inspired by real events, Welcome to the Doll Den tells a story about masks, identity, and the cost of success.
Book by Ethan Ness and Sarah Plotkin
Music by Emily Johnson-Erday and Rev. Yolanda
Lyrics by Joshua Langman
Directed by Gia-Rayne Harris
The company: Cameran Hebb, Samantha Johnson, Vienna Kaylan, Lizzy Ana Lincoln, Milo Longenecker, Regine Mont-Louis, and Amy Northup
Music director: Emily Johnson-Erday
Dramaturg: Julia Corrigan
Produced by Lizzy Ana Lincoln and Elsa Dial / Electric Eye Ensemble
Additional collaborators: Elsa Dial, Evelyn Dumont, Jazelle Foster, Elena Kritter, Cassagnol Leonidas Jr., Clarissa Marie Ligon, Olivia Luna, Leah Ogawa, and Alana S. Thomas
“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
Welcome to the Doll Den was developed through a staged reading at The Drama League in August 2017, 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. See information on past productions.
Subsidized studio space provided by the A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.