you do not look

Gerda is trying to sell encyclopedias in order to stay in America. But she keeps getting sidetracked as she tries to save a world of other women around her. As the play loops and unravels in repeating patterns of PTSD, Gerda cannot escape her own traumatic past. you do not look challenges the audience to see female trauma that is too often purposefully overlooked.
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you do not look

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  • Stephen Foglia:
    23 Sep. 2019
    What I love about you do not look is the way Stout has written a play of violence and healing that makes room for small gestures and humor both high and low. She's painted the world in a kind of fog, where painful absences are hard to distinguish from "the way things are" and forgotten women feed on gas station ramen in sad hotel rooms, where ghosts walk arm in arm with implacable encyclopedia saleswomen. I saw a beautiful workshop production a couple years ago and look forward to this play's future!
  • Jordan Ramirez Puckett:
    19 Apr. 2018
    A unique look at the intertwining stories of two women who have immigrated to America and two teenage American girls. They should have nothing in common, but their stories show that violence against women and girls knows no borders. A play, beautifully rendered, I would love to see this work developed further.
  • Gina Femia:
    27 Apr. 2017
    This is a beautiful, funny, enlightening play about trauma and living. Callan wraps up a story of trauma within a haunting ghost story.

Character Information

  • Gerda
    20’s,
    Czech
    ,
    Female
    Gerda - late twenties, from the Czech Republic. A recent immigrant, a hard worker, guilt ridden, a survivor. Uses her work ethic and drive to stay and succeed in America to ignore her PTSD. Constantly running from her own demons, both the ones that follow her and the ones she chooses to carry due to her own guilt.
  • Ana
    20’s,
    women who have experienced this are often from Northern Africa or South East Asia.
    ,
    Female
    Ana - mid twenties, she hasn't yet become a survivor, but there's still hope. She was human trafficked through the Czech Republic, women who have experienced this are often from Northern Africa or South East Asia.
  • Addie
    Late teen,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Addie - older teen, anywhere between 14 and 17. Any ethnicity, a latchkey kid, sassy and defensive, sometimes she forgets. Sometime she understands the futility of her own situation and her inability to actually help the people she wants to, and sometimes she still thinks she can actually help the people around her.
  • Cici
    Early teens,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Cici - young teen, any ethnicity, confident and terrified. Understands that her situation is terrible and not normal, but doesn't know that life can be another way.
  • Rocking Woman
    mature, greying,
    From the Czech Republic
    ,
    Female
    From the Czech Republic. Maybe just a shadow, or a puppet, and sound effects, or the magic of theatre. But terrifying and mysterious and ever-present.
  • Maggie/Kitty/Catarina
    Older than everyone, except Rocking Woman,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    Female
    Plays all the neighbors and women that Gerda tries to sell encyclopedia's to. She is everyone else in the world who refuses to see the troubles of others.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    The Bechdel Group
    ,
    2017
  • Workshop
    ,
    Columbia University
    ,
    2017
  • Residency
    ,
    Denmark Arts Center
    ,
    2017
  • Workshop
    ,
    Fresh Ground Pepper
    ,
    2016