Slut: The Play

SLUT: The Play is a 2013 American play written by Katie Cappiello.[1] The play was developed with members of The Arts Effect All-Girl Theater Company to address the damaging impact of slut-shaming and slut culture. The creators note that their play "is a call to action – a reminder" that slut-shaming is happening every day, almost everywhere.[2] The play premiered at the 2013 New York Fringe Festival. In 2020, SLUT: The Play was adapted into a Netflix series called Grand Army.

SLUT: The Play
Written byKatie Cappiello
Characters
  • Joey Del Marco
  • Natalie
  • Christina
  • Grace
  • Danielle
  • Jane
  • Leila
  • Dominique
  • Julie
  • Anna
  • Sylvie
Date premiered2013
Place premieredNew York City
slutaplay.com

PlotEdit

16-year-old Joanna "Joey" Del Marco who is assaulted by three friends during a night out in New York City and highlights the damaging impact of rape culture on the lives of young women.

CharactersEdit

Joey- 16, junior; main character; is sexually assaulted and the story is based around interviews with her about the assault

Natalie- 16, junior; part of the Slut Squad

Christina- 16, junior; part of the Slut Squad

Grace- 15, sophomore; part of the Slut Squad

Danielle- 14, freshman; part of the Slut Squad

Jane- 16, junior; Joey's best friend

Leila- 14, freshman; friends with Danielle; involved with one of Joey's assaulters

Dominique- 16, junior; classmate but not part of Joey's circle

Julie- 16, junior; classmate but not part of Joey's circle

Anna- 16, junior; one of Joey's best friends; twin sister of Tim, one of Joey's assaulters

Sylvie- 16, junior; been sexually assaulted

DevelopmentEdit

Katie Cappiello and Meg McInerney founded the All-Girl Theater Company at The Arts Effect in 2007 as a space for girls to train and create theatre.[3] Capiello and the All-Girl Theater Company began working on the SLUT: The Play in January 2012.[4] The play was developed through weekly meetings with a group of 14-17 year olds who were a part of the company and helped with the plays dramaturgy.[5] Cappiello finished the play in 2013.[6]

Production historyEdit

SLUT: The Play premiered in August 2013 at the New York Fringe Festival. Joey was played by Winnifred Bonjean-Alpart, who was 16 at the time.[4] Beau Willimon helped bring the play to Washington's Warner Theatre in 2015.[7] In February 2016, SLUT: The Play made its off-Broadway debut.[8]

AdaptationEdit

The play was developed into a Netflix series, Grand Army, although one that expands upon the source material. It premiered on October 16, 2020.[9][10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "High School Actors Tackle Subject of Sexual Assault in New Play". ny1.com. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Why Slut — Slut". Sluttheplay.com. Archived from the original on 26 March 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  3. ^ Als, Hilton (2016-01-22). "The Making of "Slut"". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2020-11-14.
  4. ^ a b Stewart, Sara (2013-08-19). "'Slut: The Play' debuts at NYC Fringe Festival this fall". New York Post. Retrieved 2020-11-14.
  5. ^ Hersh, Lauren (2 August 2013). "NYC Girls Challenge Weiner Campaign: Stop Slut-Shaming". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  6. ^ Smail, Gretchen (2020-10-16). "Netflix's 'Grand Army' Is Based On An Amalgamation Of Harrowing True Stories". Bustle. Retrieved 2020-11-14.
  7. ^ Ritzel, Rebecca (2015-05-12). "'House of Cards' writer turns attention to violence against women". The Washington Post. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  8. ^ Levitt, Hayley (2016-01-28). "All-Girl Theater Company Goes From Fringe to Center Stage With Slut: The Play". TheaterMania.com. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Slut (w/t Grand Army)". Production List | Film & Television Industry Alliance. 2019-05-13. Retrieved 2019-07-26.
  10. ^ White, Peter (2019-10-21). "Netflix Adapts Katie Cappiello's Play 'Slut' As Drama 'Grand Army' With 'House Of Cards' EPs Joshua Donen & Beau Willimon, Odessa A'zion Leads Cast". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-11-14.