© 2024 Blue Ridge Public Radio
Blue Ridge Mountains banner background
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

1930s Satire ‘The Women’ Maintains Its Social Relevance

A production of 'The Women' illuminates how much society and gender roles have changed and expanded in the last 80 years.
Courtesy of Lyman Collins
A production of 'The Women' illuminates how much society and gender roles have changed and expanded in the last 80 years.
A production of 'The Women' illuminates how much society and gender roles have changed and expanded in the last 80 years.
Credit Courtesy of Lyman Collins
A production of 'The Women' illuminates how much society and gender roles have changed and expanded in the last 80 years.

In 1936 Claire Boothe Luce wrote a play about New York socialites that reflected her own high-society life. Claire was the second wife of media mogul Henry Luce. “The Women” satirizes the role of women in society and their reliance on men. 

Host Frank Stasio previews a new production of Claire Boothe Luce's play, 'The Women', with the play’s co-director Lyman Collins, actors Jess Barbour and Bridget Patterson, and costume designer Rachel McKay.

A new production of the play at the Cary Arts Center stays true to the characters competitive, gossipy, and sometimes cruel interactions, however it also illuminates how much society and gender roles have changed and expanded in the last 80 years. “The Women” is on stage at the Cary Theater on Friday, Aug. 4 and Saturday, Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 6 at 3 p.m. There is also a screening of the 1939 film version of “The Women” at the Cary Theater tonight at 7 p.m.

Host Frank Stasio previews the production with the play’s co-director Lyman Collins, actors Jess Barbour and Bridget Patterson, and costume designer Rachel McKay.

Copyright 2017 North Carolina Public Radio

Jennifer Brookland is a temporary producer for The State of Things.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.