Slaying Holofernes

A young female painter struggles to gain recognition for her work within the male-dominated art world of Renaissance Italy. Meanwhile, in the contemporary United States, a young career woman encounters her own version of the same challenges as she fights for recognition in the workplace. chiaroscuro or Slaying Holofernes blends and blurs the worlds of past/present, fact/fiction, and personal/political as it...
A young female painter struggles to gain recognition for her work within the male-dominated art world of Renaissance Italy. Meanwhile, in the contemporary United States, a young career woman encounters her own version of the same challenges as she fights for recognition in the workplace. chiaroscuro or Slaying Holofernes blends and blurs the worlds of past/present, fact/fiction, and personal/political as it explores two women’s parallel quests for justice in an imperfect world.
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Slaying Holofernes

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  • Daniel Prillaman:
    26 Aug. 2020
    READ THIS. McClain has painted an infuriating and heart-wrenching piece of theatre. It is masterfully composed, deftly telling in parallel the tales of two women separated by centuries but intimately connected by harassment and assault in the workplace. How far have we truly come since the 1600s? How far must we still go? While tragic, the play ultimately hardens our resolve and our spirit, and is a work that can simply not be ignored. This play deserves a long, long life on the stage, and it demands your attention.
  • Peter Hardy:
    4 May. 2020
    I had the privilege and pleasure of directing the world premiere of this script, a new play of startling scope and ambition that spans four centuries and two continents with its tale of two remarkable young women. A provocative look at how much some things have changed in 400 years, while others haven't changed at all. This play had a profound impact on our audiences. One an older gentleman said to me "This is the best show you've ever done," and a lady then told me "I was going to say the same thing. It was very healing for me."
  • David Hansen:
    25 Apr. 2020
    McClain's work is an intense courtroom/boardroom drama, moving back and forth in time to detail the unfair treatment of two women in the workplace. The playwright's use of classical paintings, and her stage directions regarding to use of light are particularly compelling. This is a powerful play, enhanced by Biblical, classical, and modern atmospheres. Timely, and highly recommended.

Development History

  • Workshop
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    Working Title Playwrights
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    2019

Production History

  • Professional
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    Essential Theatre
    ,
    2019

Awards

Winner
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Ethel Woolson Lab
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Working Title Playwrights
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2019
Winner
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New Playwright Award
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Essential Theatre
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2019