The Filigree Theatre, Austin’s independent women-led theatre company, has announced its cast for the Austin Premiere of When We Were Young and Unafraid, written by Sarah Treem (The Affair). Directed by Jennifer Sturley and produced by Stephanie Moore and Elizabeth V. Newman, the production will run Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 PM from February 7-23, 2018 at The Mastrogeorge Theatre.
When We Were Young and Unafraid takes place on an island off the coast of Seattle at the height of the Women’s Liberation Movement in the early 1970s, before Roe v. Wade, and the Violence Against Women Act. Agnes, a no-nonsense former nurse played by Linda Bradshaw, (The Foreigner, Steel Magnolias, Always Patsy Cline) has turned her quiet bed and breakfast into safe place where victims of domestic violence can seek refuge.
To Agnes’ dismay, her latest runaway, Mary Anne, a young Army bride played by Laura Ray (A Delicate Ship, Agnes of God, The Normal Heart). is beginning to influence Agnes’ college-bound daughter Penny, played by Allison Paranka (Shakespeare in the Dark: Macbeth). Meanwhile, another woman, Hannah, a traveling would-be revolutionary played by Michelle Mary Schaefer (Tribes, Children of a Lesser God, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) keeps coming by the bed and breakfast on her way to Womynworld, a lesbian separatist community.
As a feminist revolution grows louder outside of Agnes’ tiny world, these four women find their strength and confront their fears together; while Paul, played by Ben Gibson (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, All Shook Up), a tourist and recent divorcee seeks refuge from the sexual revolution taking over San Francisco.
When We Were Young and Unafraid marks the fifth production for The Filigree Theatre. All productions in Filigree’s 2018-19 slate center around the theme “At The Crossroads,” with each play examining how, at crucial moments in our lives, we, as humans, find ourselves at the brink of change, faced with life and death decisions, confronted with a point of no return.
Tickets for When We Were Young and Unafraid are now available online at FiligreeTheatre.com or in-person at the Mastrogeorge Box Office for $30. All performances play at The Mastrogeorge Theatre at 130 Pedernales St.