WROL (Without Rule Of Law)
By Michaela Jeffery
A WORKSHOP READING PRESENTED BY TOUCHSTONE THEATRE
Convinced the world at large can’t be trusted to prioritize the well-being of adolescent girls in the event of a cataclysmic event (or just in general), a determined troupe of 8th grade ‘doomers’ are committed to preparing for survival in the post-collapse society they anticipate inheriting.
Josephine makes apocalypse preparedness videos and posts them to YouTube. Vic takes Jujitsu. Maureen encrypts her text messages and hordes matches (because lighters fail). Sarah stuffs her knapsack with extra socks, granola, water filtration tablets and Tolkien novels, because “you don’t know where you’re going to be… when it happens… you might not be at home.”
Judy Blume meets Rambo, WROL (Without Rule of Law) is a darkly comic coming-of-age story for complicated times.
WROL (Without Rule of Law) was developed though Alberta Theatre Projects National Playwrights Unit (16/17 & 17/18), and with the support of The Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity as part of the 2018 Playwrights Lab.
WHY WE’RE READING WROL – from Amy Lynn Strilchuk, Touchstone Theatre
WROL is about that painful moment in adolescence when you realize the system’s screwing you and the adults aren’t going to save you (since, it seems, they’re part of the problem, actually). That there are unfair hurdles thrown at girls and not boys.
There’s this unsuspecting, gutting scene where Maureen calls out the ridiculousness of boys getting badges for rafting trips and knot-tying while girls get badges for behaving. These are the kinds of lines that make grown women shake with silent knowing.
At a workshop reading I attended in Calgary, the audience was vibrating by the end of the play; connected to the rage of these young characters and what they’d do, next, in their ultimate plans for survival in this world.
We’re reading WROL to support Michaela in the ongoing development of this badass play. Because Michaela is a super sharp new Canadian voice whose characters show us that vulnerability is strength. That power comes from awareness. That fragility is fertile ground for fire.
MICHAELA JEFFERY – Playwright
Michaela is a Calgary-based playwright and recent graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada (2016). She was a finalist for the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s 2016 RBC Emerging Playwright Award for her play The Listening Room, and was a recipient of the 2015 national Enbridge Playwrights Award (Emerging Category) for her play, Going West. michaelajeffery.com
AMY LYNN STRILCHUK – Director & Dramaturg
Amy makes and markets new Canadian plays. She was the Arts Club’s inaugural dramaturgy intern, a resident dramaturg at Alberta Theatre Projects from 2006-2011 where she premiered over a dozen new plays from across Canada; and now splits her time GMing Touchstone Theatre, marketing and publicizing artists she believes in, and making her own work. She is an MA graduate of UBC and the Vice-Chair of the newly revived Magnetic North Theatre Festival.