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An original new comedy by Cait Kiley, featuring a cast of strong, funny modern women playing strong, real historical women.
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The ladies of Gamma Delta Nasty—the Afterlife’s most exclusive sorority of “nasty women”—are having their weekly executive council meeting. When they learn of 2016’s most famous Nasty Woman, they consider the possibility of admitting a living member into their sisterhood for the first time ever. But the women soon learn that (after)life as they know it may be coming to an end...

Gamma Delta Nasty is a brand new, original play by New York-based actress/playwright/human woman Cait Kiley. 

Like many others, Cait was moved to deep reflection by our now-Commander-in-Chief's use of the phrase "nasty woman" to describe his female opponent in the highly public, supposedly civil forum of the third and final presidential debate of 2016... and, eventually, reflection turned to inspiration. 

Throughout human history, there have been countless examples of real-life women who have lived, and often died, in infamy--women who have been labeled "nasty" by their peers, by their societies, by those in power during their lifetimes (mostly men, fancy that!). What was it about these women that earned them this epithet? Can we, as modern human beings, and specifically as modern women, learn anything from their varied and interesting stories? And... wouldn't it be hilarious and amazing if they all were in a room together, discussing everything from politics to the proper use of the word "bitch" to the latest diet fads? 

The historical ladies of GDN's executive council
The historical ladies of GDN's executive council

Over the past 11 months, the idea of a sorority of real, historical "nasty women" formed into a full-length comedic play (approximate running time 60 minutes). Upon the play's completion in September 2017, Cait submitted the show to the New York Theater Festival's "Winterfest"--and the show was accepted, to be performed for 3 PERFORMANCES ONLY at the Hudson Guild Theater in NYC in January/February 2018!

This "feminist comedy" deserves to be performed onstage by a dedicated cast of professional, up-and-coming actresses, featuring sets/costumes/props/lighting that will make the show come to life for what we hope and anticipate will be enthusiastic audiences in January and February. But we cannot do this without your help.

The cast and creative team for Gamma Delta Nasty
The cast and creative team for Gamma Delta Nasty

GAMMA DELTA NASTY CAST/CREATIVE:

  • Erin Asselta (Anne Boleyn)
  • Sarah Mackenzie Baron (Amelia Earhart)
  • Cait Kiley (Boudica/Writer)
  • Sammie Lideen (Lola Montez)
  • Michelle Luz (Émilie du Châtelet)
  • Megan Magee (Susan Fitzgibbons)
  • La Rivers (Ida B. Wells-Barnett)
  • Joseph Spitale (Director)

Risks and challenges

Anyone who has ever worked in the theatre--or any performing art form--knows that the final product an audience sees onstage is the result of terrific (sometimes arduous) creative cooperation between passionate artists, countless hours (sometimes years) of hard work, and, yes, a certain amount of cold, hard, necessary capital.

Aside from the participation fee required to perform as part of the Festival, we are assembling an incredible team of onstage and backstage talent, all of whom deserve to be paid--even if nominally--for their work. Other necessary production costs include: costumes, props, set pieces, rehearsal space, paying the festival's technical director, program printing, and poster/promo material printing.

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