Emily is organizing, directing, and performing in a staged reading of Lauren Gunderson's The Taming on January 20, 2017. After the results of the recent election, playwright Lauren Gunderson and Playscripts, Inc. announced that anyone who would like to perform a reading of Gunderson's play The Taming on Inauguration Day may do so for free. The #TameTrump project has become a widespread artistic response to the election, with over 25 Inauguration Day readings planned across the country.
Loosely inspired by Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, The Taming is about three very different women: a staffer for a conservative senator, a liberal blogger, and a Miss America contestant. Somehow, they all find themselves stuck in a hotel room attempting a Constitutional Convention. They spend the whole play hashing out their views, playing Founding Father, and rewriting the defining document of our democracy, in the hopes of saving the nation. Emily will be playing Patricia, the aide to a deadbeat Republican senator. She is joined in the photo below with castmates Toni Maddocks (left) as Bianca and Kelli McCrann (center) as Katherine.
Emily is extremely excited and empowered to join women across the country in presenting this play as an artistic protest to the incoming administration. The reading will be performing at the Exit Theatre's café space in San Francisco, and while the admission is free, the cast will be taking donations for the ACLU. Check out the Facebook event for the reading, and please join Emily for this anti-Inauguration in San Francisco!