Bull in a China Shop
"Thus begins the pugnacious, tender and gloriously funny new play 'Bull in a China Shop,' Bryna Turner’s immensely auspicious professional playwriting debut.
'Bull in a China Shop' is about how hard and heartbreaking and personally messy it has always been to swim against the current, how necessary bravery is — and how bracingly alive the struggle can be."
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"To Turner, it's a nod to the non-white feminists throughout history, whose stories she asserts have been marginalized. 'I think now it reads really profoundly as this conversation between second wave and third wave feminism,' says Turner. 'Woolley is like, 'My body, the fact that I exist, that's the revolution.' And Marks is like, 'Yeah but try a little harder.'' In one scene, in fact, Marks says to Woolley, 'You've gotten a taste of power, you've gotten a voice… and if you leave the rest of us behind I'll never forgive you.'"
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"I think about feminism a lot as the 'ouroboros,' the snake eating its own head. We need to keep critiquing in order to keep moving forward, but there’s something really painful and interesting about that to me that I find so compelling. I definitely think that’s in the DNA of the play, because it’s just something I was deeply thinking about on a daily basis.
But then also, yeah, I had just gone through this enormous heartbreak that I didn’t totally expect or see coming, after a five-year relationship. I kept having this feeling, at the time, that time was passing in a way that I’m not totally conscious of, or that I’m missing something."
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