Age of Arousal

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Coach House Books, 2007 - Drama - 175 pages
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It’s a time of passion and confusion. Virtue is barely holding down its petticoats. People are bursting their corsets with unbridled desire. It's 1885, and the typewriter and the suffrage movement are turning things topsy-turvy. In the midst of it all, five ambitious New Women and one Newish Man struggle to find their way. Miss Mary Barfoot runs a school for secretaries with her young lover, Miss Rhoda Nunn. But when the Misses Madden--spinsters Virginia and Alica and beautiful young Monica--arrive, along with the attractive Dr. Everard Barfoot, things can never be the same.

            Age of Arousal, is a lavish, sexy, frenetic ensemble piece about the forbidden and gloriously liberated self--genre-busting, rule-bending, and ambitiously original.

 

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Contents

Foreword
6
Playwrights Note
8
Fabulism and Reality
10
Production
13
Kinds of Thoughtspeak
15
Set
16
Lights
17
The Great Corset Debate
21
Spinsters
145
Sapphic Victorians
146
Doctors and Sexuality
148
Suffrage Suffragettes and the Vote
151
Class and the Cause
152
Suffragettes
153
Peace and War
155
Men and the Cause
159

Production History
23
Age of Arousal
25
A Flagrantly Weird Age
135
Time Travel
136
Research and Time
137
The Victorians
139
Presuffrage Beliefs Victorian Style
140
Sex War
142
Marriage
144
Organization and Escalation
160
The Split over Militancy
161
From Suffrage to the F Word
165
Notes
167
Further Reading
169
Acknowledgements
174
About the Author
175
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About the author (2007)

Playwright/actor Linda Griffiths is the winner of five Dora Mavor Moore Awards, a Gemini award, two Chalmers awards, the Quizanne International Festival Award and Los Angeles's A.G.A. Award for her title performance in the John Sayles film Lianna . She's been nominated twice for the Governor General's Award. Her twelve plays include Chronic, Alien Creature, The Duchess: a.k.a Wallis Simpson and Maggie & Pierre . She is the co-author (with Maria Campbell) of The Book of Jessica .

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