book by Adrienne Dawes
lyrics by Cyndi Williams
music by Erik Secrest
directed by Carly Conklin
music directed by Karlena Riggs
April 12-20, 2019 | Studio 308
American Theatre Company is proud to present the Oklahoma Premiere of Adrienne Dawes’ DENIM DOVES, a feminist farce with music that resides somewhere between The Handmaid’s Tale and Idiocracy. Dawes is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been produced and developed across the country. DENIM DOVES was recently included in Steppenwolf Theatre’s THE MIX, a list of new and under-produced plays that feature marginalized characters at their center. DENIM DOVES is directed by Carly Conklin and music directed by Karlena Riggs.
Tucked safely into the woods of what was once Belle, MO, a modest compound is home to five sister wives and their reluctant Husband. While the wives enjoy many freedoms, they have one simple and sacred task: a wife must produce the next heir, or they all risk being cut from the braid.
When a new wife mysteriously arrives the night of the Seedling, she disrupts their semi-annual procreation ritual. Will this new wife’s radical ideas, ancient riot girl songs, and acid wash denim compromise the safety and sanctity of this devout compound?
Set in a dystopian future, DENIM DOVES is a collaboratively-devised feminist farce that explores themes of women in subjugation and the terrifying consequences of a rigid dick-tatorship.