GIRL IN THE RED CORNER

Unemployed, fresh off a dead-end marriage, and searching for a way to take control of her life, Halo walks into a gym and signs up for mixed martial arts lessons. Her trainer thinks she’s a light-weight. Her mother and sister think it’s just plain weird. Very quickly the lessons she learns in the ring bleed into the rest of her life and Halo finds herself battling against everyone around her. As she prepares...
Unemployed, fresh off a dead-end marriage, and searching for a way to take control of her life, Halo walks into a gym and signs up for mixed martial arts lessons. Her trainer thinks she’s a light-weight. Her mother and sister think it’s just plain weird. Very quickly the lessons she learns in the ring bleed into the rest of her life and Halo finds herself battling against everyone around her. As she prepares for her first match, Halo realizes that life inside the cage and outside the cage are disturbingly similar. And that the only way to survive either is to fight.
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GIRL IN THE RED CORNER

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  • Maegan Clearwood:
    18 Apr. 2017
    What a beautiful piece. It offers roles for women that are not only active and complex, but also physically challenging and utterly unique. A fantastic challenge for a director/company interested in deep conversations about gender and power, as well as physically heightened and immersive performances.
  • Brett Steven Abelman:
    9 Dec. 2016
    A compact and complex work. Spotswood figures out how to make MMA fighting theatrical and not just showy, integrating it deeply into the characters' journeys. He avoids easy answers, touching on aspects of class, gender, ageism, and more in portraying the forces that shape the world of Halo and her family. The kind of sharp and deceptively simple (but NOT simplistic) work that ought to be produced all over.
  • Rachel Hynes:
    2 Dec. 2016
    Four great roles for women in this one, and tackles gender and economic disparity in a way that is fresh, story-driven and totally human. A great piece for directors who love blending the physical with text-based work!

Production History

  • Professional
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    The Welders Playwrights' Collective
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    2016

Awards

Winner
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Charles MacArthur Award For Best Outstanding New Play
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Helen Hayes Awards
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2017
Helen Hayes Recommended
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2016