The Anastasia Trials in the Court of Women

directed by Rebecca Rizzio

by Carolyn Gage

March 16-31, 2007

Overrule the objection …

Opening night for the Emma Goldman Theatre Brigade. Who betrayed the Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia? Who will play the lead? Will either of the critics “get it”? You be the judge. Really.

Audience participation in this courtroom drama creates a profoundly engaging excursion into a world of women who are survivors and abusers.

Actually a farcical play within a play, the drama opens as members of a radical feminist theatre group are about to implement their innovative lottery system aimed at ensuring equal opportunity for all. They each draw the role they will play on this evening from a hat, putting sisterhood to an iron test. The performance that follows is the conspiracy trial of five women who are accused of denying the defendant Anastasia Romanov her identity. Audience members decide throughout to overrule or sustain the attorneys’ motions, creating a different play at every performance.

One of the Best Productions of the Year: “… staged crackingly.” (Lavender)

Funniest Performance of the Year: Stacey Poirier (Lavender)


Marie: Stacey Poirier
Betty: Kirstin Kuchler
Donna: Laura Wiebers
Melissa: Katherine Kupiecki
Athena: Christine Winkler
Diane: Laura Coates
Lisa: Noë Tallen
Jenny: Emma Gochberg
Amy: Delta Rae Giordano

Creative Team

Movement Coach: Heather C. Brady
Dramaturg: Anne Bertram
Stage Manager: Jennifer Long
Costume Design: Stacey Poirie
Props Design: Noë Tallen
Lighting Design: Becky Hardy
Sound Design: Dixie Treichel
Set Construction: Tyler Martin
Sound Board Operator: Orit Ackerman
Graphic Design: Kirstin Hangsleben
Program Design: Shannon Buchda