THE PEACOCK

World Premiere
Jackalope Theater Company, November 2013
Written by Calamity West

The Peacock transports us to December 1946, where the fiction-writing workshop at an American university is in session. Consisting of young veterans of World War II, and sons of upper class - the workshop possesses but one woman: Nan. A one-legged wunderkind who is forced by her peers to re-examine her violent fiction as a result of the recent suicide of their classmate Eleanor. Based in a world where intellectual prowess is currency, Calamity West brings us this uniquely American exploration of violence, authorial intent, and gender.

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"'A story can work on many levels,' insists Calvin, speaking of his own Tolstoy-wannabe scribblings, 'You don't have to get it all in one read.' This observation may also be applied to West's densely-constructed portrait of youths chafing under postwar trauma. On the surface, it can be viewed simply as a feminist polemic of butch girls bullied by effete boys ( even the likewise repressed professor eventually demands that his star pupil write less mannishly ). Playgoers versed in scholarly fashions of the era may also recognize the literary underpinnings ( think Melville ) of the punishment inflicted on those who challenge predetermined social roles."

 
 
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