by Becky Ellis and the Women of PTP
Lady Parts was written by Becky Ellis and the women of the Playground Theatre Project. It explores the complex, unique, and sometimes difficult relationships of women to each other, the world, and themselves. The play is set at a sleepover at Stef’s house and a clique of girls are using their get together to make Sam’s life miserable. Interwoven through these scenes are tales of sex trafficking, anorexia, and rape to name a few. Using the group dynamics of the sleepover, opinions on sexuality, stereotypes, relationships to men, and standing up for yourself are given a voice.
All of the monologues and scenes were researched and written by members of PTP. The play was cobbled together using stories that company members thought were important and needed to be discussed. After two years of extensive workshops, Lady Parts was born as a truthful, realistic, and sometimes brutal portrayal of womanhood. It captures the struggle and triumph of being a young woman personally, in society, and internationally.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT LADY PARTS:
"Lady Parts was by far one of the most eye opening plays I have ever seen. It shows the problems young women face everyday that many people may not be aware of. Sexism in our society is so engrained that it is difficult to be able to notice all of the ways it affects women. I would highly recommend this play for anyone to see. These young actresses kept the audience mesmerized. It will open a lot of eyes."
- Dan Roman, Monmouth University Student
“For a moment, one forgets that this is not actually [the actor’s] story. But it could be, and that's why she's telling it...Before and after it are stories of rape and abuse, of terrible things girls say to each other. But there are also stories of triumph and sisterhood, of empowerment and community. Lady Parts incorporates extreme situations and widely varied circumstances faced and choices made by women all over the world. But much of the show focuses on everyday experiences that should be recognizable to anyone who has survived high school.”
- The Star Ledger