Puritan butcher Robert Goodman has firm command of his righteous and God-fearing family. However, a mad wife, a violent brother, and a past of carnal temptations threaten the pillars of his kingdom. An investigation into the silencing of women as “crazy,” when they fail to subscribe to what institutions demand as normalcy, These Peaceable Kingdoms focuses on the unrelenting pressures of “the way things have always been,” in turning the lively into the lunatic, and the victim into the villain. (From the CPO Website)
New Words Festival, 2017, National Theatre School
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If schools are looking to produce a new Puritan drama in the style of Arthur Miller's The Crucible or Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, they need look no further than These Peaceable Kingdoms. Playwright Chelsea Woolley has created a hauntingly beautiful script using precise and poetic language that perfectly captures the aethesthetic and mood of Puritan life: religious devotion, rigid gender roles, and hysterical superstition. Her characters are complex and fascinating, offering 6 roles that any actor would be thrilled to dive into.