Tar and Feather

When Erin takes a #gaschamberselfie, it goes viral--and so does she. Her job offer gets rescinded, she's not allowed to go to class, and her family and friends abandon her. Everyone that is, except for Claudia, her best friend. Together they hatch a plan to confront Erin's anonymous online trolls. TAR AND FEATHER examines public shaming in the digital age. How close are any of us to a fall from grace...
When Erin takes a #gaschamberselfie, it goes viral--and so does she. Her job offer gets rescinded, she's not allowed to go to class, and her family and friends abandon her. Everyone that is, except for Claudia, her best friend. Together they hatch a plan to confront Erin's anonymous online trolls. TAR AND FEATHER examines public shaming in the digital age. How close are any of us to a fall from grace? And how does a well-intended person transform into a troll?
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Tar and Feather

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  • Aleks Merilo:
    6 Aug. 2019
    Intense, frantic, and acutely present. The playwright creates an alienated and impersonal world where public shaming becomes fertile ground for entertainment, and then, just when we think we know where it's going, she pulls out the rug from under the audience. The consequences of the unpredictable final scenes become raw, barbarous and pitiless. Terse lines like "They care online" and "Everything I have to say is all online" speak volumes after the curtain has fallen. The written style holds enormous potential for collaborating between director and designers. I look forward to reading more by Kristin Idaszak.
  • Claudia Haas:
    19 Mar. 2019
    Idaszak delves into a subject unique to our times - internet trolling. She provides no comfortable answers but instead makes you question knee-jerk reactions to the bad and the ugly or just insensitive statuses. Passing judgement from your easy chair has never been easier. When do you stay quiet? And if you make noise, is it to bolster your own “ratings?” With compassion for all, Idaszak opens up a Pandora’s box of questions and the audience gets to think long and hard about the answers. Thoughtful and nuanced, it’s a perfect fit for young people.

Development History

Production History

  • High School
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    Wayzata High School
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    2018
  • Workshop
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    Williamstown Theatre Festival
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    2017
  • University
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    Westmont College
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    2016