The Profession (Full-length play)

What if everything you thought about higher education was wrong? Despite twenty-nine years as an English professor, Valerie Hardy has managed to maintain her academic idealism — but just barely. However, when her star student, Marina, compromises herself in order to pay for school, Valerie reexamines her profession and finds that the patriarchal corruption in academia has gone too far.
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The Profession (Full-length play)

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  • Jarred Corona:
    6 Nov. 2021
    "The Fall is just another kind of creation." When I was in my undergrad, administrators sought to cut costs and ravage our college of arts and letters. The Kentucky governor of the time talked solely about STEM's ability to find jobs. There's piles upon piles of unfortunate truths in THE PROFESSION. From patriarchy to capitalism, the world is much more complicated and harsh than we like to confront. It's messy. One could argue it's a place made by an asshole. And yet Eppich-Harris takes our fallen world and commits an act of beautiful creation. Wonderfully done.
  • Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos:
    16 Oct. 2021
    In “The Profession”, the seedy under bellies of two career paths are exposed, but just which profession is more corrupt isn’t entirely clear. Gender, class, and capitalism all collide resulting in a paradise lost, one that perhaps never was. Set to a smart, literary backdrop, Eppich-Harris hands down this authentic indictment of academia. A truly well written play. Highly recommended.
  • Sasha Karuc:
    15 Sep. 2021
    Power dynamics, reproductive health, sex work—this play covers a lot of ground without ever feeling like it’s stretched itself too thin or losing nuance.

    The characters in Marcia Eppich-Harris’s THE PROFESSION feel fully fleshed and ground the play as it navigates the ways that power dynamics and hypocrisy have become entrenched in academia. Sometimes there are no easy answers. Eppich-Harris really packs a punch in this honest and heartbreaking (yet still hopeful) play.

Character Information

  • Valerie
    59
    Professor of Renaissance Literature
  • Marina
    21
    Student, English major, lover of Renaissance literature, comes from a poor background, works for Dr. Hardy, and is an exotic dancer.
  • Mark
    65
    Provost, PhD in Mathematics, no people skills -- the kind of man who somehow manages to twist people's words to suit his purposes. Secretly attracted to Valerie, but would never act on it with her.
  • Paul
    43
    Professor of Theology, seems to be a good guy, but is incredibly flawed; married with children.
  • Lucy
    35-40
    Sex worker, confidante to Marina.
  • Jill
    35-40
    Assistant Professor of English, specialist in Women's literature. She is a perfectionist and an opportunist.
  • Flint
    40-50
    Manager of The Cat Nip gentlemen's club

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Indiana Playwrights Circle, September 29
    ,
    2019
  • Workshop
    ,
    Indiana Playwrights Circle - Scene Nights, September 18, 25
    ,
    2019

Awards

Semi-Finalist
,
Plays In Progress
,
The Athena Project
,
2021
Finalist
,
Epiphanies New Play Festival Finalist
,
Wild Imaginings
,
2021
Semi-Finalist
,
Campfire Theatre Festival 2020
,
Campfire Theatre Festival
,
2020