Paper Doll Ensemble makes their debut with THIS IS HOW GIRLS DIE, a co-production with Plays and Players Theatre, January 24th-Feb. 2nd. This absurdist tragicomedy follows three sisters who, after the death of their mother, lock themselves away in a cottage they fill with plastic and childlike wonder. There they remain until one sister can’t take it anymore. This devised piece has been in the works for over a year, with the first iteration (titled WILDER) presented in November of 2017 as part of ReVamp Collective’s Beyond the Surface Artist Lab, where they were tasked with creating a show inspired by the Brothers Grimm tale Snow White and Rose Red.
Elements of fairytale and whimsy are still evident in this production, but other source materials such as the podcast Dirty John, and current events surrounding feminism and women’s rights have influenced the development of the show. As a “devised” piece of theatre, there is no singular playwright or director, rather this group of artists has created every aspect of the show together. “Everything you see has been collaboratively created, designed, performed, and produced by our ensemble. Rather than beginning with a script, we began with following our impulses in improvisations to ultimately create a visually striking work,” explains Pig Iron graduate, Sara Vanasse.
Tickets are $15, with $10 industry tickets available, and can be purchased at http://playsandplayers.org/this-is-how-girls-die/
Thursday, Jan. 24th @ 7pm
Friday, Jan. 25th @ 8pm (Opening Night/Press Opening)
Saturday, Jan. 26th @ 8pm
Sunday, January 27th @ 2pm
Thursday, January 31st @ 7pm (Talkback by playwright Paige Zubel)
Friday, February 1st @ 8pm
Saturday, February 2nd @ 2pm
About Paper Doll Ensemble
The Paper Doll Ensemble is a group of feminist devisers and creators in the Philadelphia area, founded in the spring of 2018. Founding members include Amanda Jensen, Grayce Hoffman, Sara Vanasse, and Juliet Gobin. Current members are Amanda Jensen, Sara Vanasse, Grayce Hoffman, Simi Toledano, and Chelsea Cylinder. For www.facebook.com/PaperDollEnsemble
Grayce Hoffman (Creator/Performer) is a Pennsylvania native from Limerick, PA, and the current Marketing Associate for 11th Hour Theatre Company. She is a 2016 graduate of the UPenn Theatre Arts Program and was an apprentice at InterAct Theatre Company in the 2016/17 Season. She is the assistant producer for Shakespeare in Clark Park, a company dancer and puppeteer for the blacklight group ArcheDream for Humankind and works as a teaching artist around the Philadelphia area. Recent roles include “Marcy,” “Carly,” and “Woman 1” (Cocktail Plays, Juniper Productions), “Liz” (Sudden Drop, InterAct Theatre Co.), and “Girl” (Game. Set. Match., White Pines Productions).
Amanda Jensen (Creator/Designer) is a Philadelphia based lighting designer. She has designed for The Arden (Snow White), Inis Nua (The Monster in the Hall, Love Lies and Taxidermy, The Swallowing Dark, Radiant Vermin, Spine), Almanac Dance Circus Theatre (Jeanne/Jean/John/Jawn, XOXO Moongirl), Theatre Exile (Really), The Lantern (The Heir Apparent), and Gunnar Montana Productions (Kink Haus, Wroughtland). Her work for the 2017 production of Kink Haus will be exhibited at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial in June as part of the USITT/USA exhibition of professional designers.
Simi Toledano (Creator/Performer) is a theatre artist, filmmaker, teaching artist, mystic and proud Philadelphia native. She studied acting with Terry Knickerbocker at the William Esper Studio in New York. Some NYC acting credits include Enid Haldeman (He Said, She Said), Margo (Up To Date), and Yumi Delgata (The Engagement Party). Simi is a founding member of the feminist ensemble theatre group Tapestry Collective in NYC, and served as creator, director and producer for the collective’s debut full length play StellaMaris. She is in post-production for her first short film Moondance, which she wrote, directed, and produced and in pre-production for her second The Agnostic Foundation For Dying With Dignity’s 50th Annual Lottery.
Sara Vanasse (Creator/Performer) is a Philadelphia-based theatremaker, actor, and vocalist. Sara received her MFA in Devised Performance from The University of the Arts and is a member of the second cohort of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training. Sara has been a creator and/or performer with Butter & Serve Theatre Company, The Hopefuls, the Antigravity Theatre Project, Automatic Arts, Beacon Theatre Productions, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, and the National Theatre Institute at the O’Neill Theatre Centre. Previous roles include Juliet (Romeo & Juliet); Emily Webb (Our Town); Heidi ([title of show]); Imogen (Cymbeline); and Gwendolyn (The Importance of Being Earnest).
Chelsea Cylinder (Stage Manager) is a Philadelphia-based actress and a graduate of the University Of Pennsylvania. Her favorite acting credits include Chess (Florence), How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (Rosemary), Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead (Rosencrantz), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne). Non-acting credits include Teaching Artist (Theatre Horizon), Production Fellow (Wilma Theater), Producer (PSLOC), and Assistant Producer/Project Manager (White Box Theatre). She would like to thank her parents, family, and Peter, and would also like to give a special thank you to Grayce, Amanda, Sara, and Simi.