A Poison Squad of Whispering Women

FULL LENGTH - In 1924, an unlikely union of women lead a righteous whisper campaign against the Grand Dragon of the Indiana Klan, exacting a bitter reckoning that ends in the brutal murder of one of their own.
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A Poison Squad of Whispering Women

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  • Beatrice Casagran:
    12 Aug. 2020
    This play is well constructed and captivating. Aside from shedding light on history of which I was totally unaware, its presentation of the politics and social dynamics that gave rise to the Women's Klan in the 1920s has strong resonance with current events. The language is vivid and memorable and the characters are surprising in all the right ways. The intersection of emerging feminism and xenophobic and racist views would seem unlikely. Yet Andronicus deftly weaves them together to present characters that are enigmatic, flawed, and very human. Our audience loved this piece. Still talking about it a week later.
  • Doug DeVita:
    29 May. 2020
    The storm clouds in Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos' political dark comedy start massing right from the beginning, gathering force throughout the play until everything explodes in a brutal tornado of tragic consequences. Riveting stuff from start to finish, with big, juicy roles for 5 women.
  • Jerry Polner:
    24 May. 2020
    In Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos's brilliant play, these women do a lot more than whisper. The Ku Klux Klan, political corruption, and the coming age of the flappers all collide in 1924 Indiana when organized women become a force to be reckoned with. An exciting, fast-moving story and a great read!

Character Information

  • SYLVIA OTIS
    30s,
    White
    ,
    Female
    Professor, researcher and recent divorcee from Chicago. Focused and stoic, she is driven to complete her non-fiction book on the model American town. She probably drinks and smokes too much.
  • OPAL HIGHTOWER
    20s,
    White
    ,
    Female
    College student and flapper. Educated, flirtatious, and high-spirited, she prefers to be called ‘Liberty.’ Both affectionate and mocking with her aunt.
  • PEARLENE HIGHTOWER
    50s, 60s,
    White
    , Array
    Opal’s verbose aunt, owner of the boarding house, and a still politically active former Suffragette. She walks with a noticeable limp.
  • DELL GUFFEY
    40s,
    White
    ,
    Female
    Live-in housekeeper and low-level civic official. She is Midwestern friendly but also hard, rustic, ambitious, and entitled by her religion.
  • EULA ROMAN
    20s,
    Latinx/Mixed
    ,
    Female
    A mole masquerading as a transitory stranger. She speaks with an indiscernible Eastern European accent.
  • ADOLPHUS BECK
    40s,
    White
    ,
    Male
    Charismatic, suave, and attractive congressional candidate with a penchant for women and an obsession for ‘Liberty’ Hightower.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Something Something Theatre Company
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette
    ,
    2017

Production History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette
    ,
    2020

Awards

Individual Artists Grant
,
Indiana Arts Commission
,
2020
Semi-Finalist
,
2020 Plays in Progress
,
Athena Project
,
2019
Winner
,
World Premiere Staged Reading of a New Play
,
Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette
,
2017