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You Wouldn't Expect

You Wouldn't Expect

You Wouldn't Expect

You Wouldn't Expect

Sat, Mar 26 - Sat, Mar 26, 2016
  • demaskus Theater Collective
  • August Wilson Center
  • $20.00

North Carolina sterilized 8,000 people between 1933 and 1973 as part of a eugenics program that sterilized 60,000 women nationwide. "African-American women were disproportionately targeted" says playwright Marilynn Anselmi whose new stage play is based upon true events surrounding the North Carolina Eugenics Program (c. 1946 – 1968).

YOU WOULDN'T EXPECT focuses on a group of characters affected by the sterilization program that changed so many lives and, in turn, prevented others. The story is an intense drama that showcases the relationship between two women - Mary Tom Walker (the Deputy Coordinator at the local Eugenics Office) and Temperence Hedgepeth (her new assistant coordinator) are thrown together by the powers that be and are forced to work with each other despite their obvious differences in the middle of a divided south. Join demaskus for the second performance of its inaugural season and the world premiere of this play.

This play was a semi-finalist at the 2013 Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference and presented during the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival, Readers' Theatre of New Works in Winston/Salem, NC.

*Mature Content

This production is made possible through the generous support of The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation.

Dinner and Discussion:
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