It is 2465. American Politics hasn't changed much. Except that "America" is now only a handful of New England towns in a walled-in citadel due to a global environmental disaster. The population is so small that everyone is a member of Congress. An unidentified army has encamped at the border. All members of Congress must move beyond personal agendas and petty bickering and decide the nation's fate. And it is snowing.
Pelsue's Wellesley Girl examines the relationship between citizen and democracy and challenges the audience to consider whether it is wise or cowardly to refrain from voting when neither alternative is good.
This is a play about politics, and like politics, it's funny until it suddenly isn't.
Opening Fall 2021 at Theatre Wit.
About the Director
James Fleming is a freelance director based in New York & Chicago. James is currently pursuing his MFA in directing at Yale School of Drama and coming back to Chicago in the Spring of 2020 to direct for Compass Theatre. Prior to Yale, James served as Associate Artistic Director at Redtwist theatre and as Director of New Works at The New Colony in Chicago. Recent credits include Grace McLeod's Scare Me(The New Colony) and Herland (Redtwist Theatre); Thornton Wilder's Our Town and MJ Kaufman's Sagittarius Ponderosa (Redtwist Theatre);Alexandra Matthews and Eric Shoemaker's adaptation of Kate Chopin's The Awakening (ArtsOnSite NYC). He has assistant directed at Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, and Greenhouse Theatre Center. He holds a BA in Public Policy and Theatre & Performance Studies from the University of Chicago.
About the Playwright
Brendan Pelsue is a playwright, librettist, and translator whose work has been produced in New York and regionally. His play Wellesley Girl Premiered at the 2016 Humanna Festival of New American Plays. Hagoromo, a dance-opera piece for which he wrote the libretto, has appeared at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Pocantico Center. Other work includes New Domestic Architecture at the Yale Carlotta Festival, Read to Me at the 2015 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Lost Weekend at the Actors Theatre of Louisville Professional Training Company, Parking Lot, Riverbank: a Noh Play for Northerly Americans, and a translation of Moliere’s Don Juan at the Yale School of Drama, Visitors with Corkscrew Theatre Company, Petra and the Saints with the Telephonic Literary Union, and Diagram of a Kidnapping with the Brown University New Play Festival. He has taught or mentored at Yale College, Wesleyan University, and Lesley University. Originally from Newburyport, Massachusetts, he received his B.A. from Brown University, where he received the Weston Prize in Playwriting, and his M.F. A. from Yale School of Drama