Harvey and Ellen Friedman, Richard Posell and Pam Wick, and Center Stage Theater will present Robin Gerber’s new play The Shot at Theatre Row October 27 and 28, as well as November 2. The work, running as part of the 2022 United Solo Festival, will star Emmy nominee and Broadway alum Sharon Lawrence (Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof).
Inspired by the story of former Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, the fictional work looks at her life, including her experiences of domestic abuse at the hands of her cruel husband who inherited the newspaper from Katharine's father. Graham became a force in politics, winning a Pulitzer Prizer for revealing the Pentagon Papers, uncovering Nixon's abuse of power and crimes in the Watergate scandal, and becoming the first female CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
“The Shot is a story for this moment," said Gerber in a statement. "If women can be abused with impunity, we can be paid less, denied opportunity and autonomy over our bodies. I hope The Shot empowers women who suffer intimate partner violence, and gives the rest of us a window into an abused woman’s soul.”
Michelle Joyner will direct the work.
Gerber herself worked in politics in Washington, D.C., and brings that to bear on her writing. The Shot was first presented to the public via a reading in Los Angeles in March 2020, which was shut down due to COVID-19. Since then, the script has been produced as a digital reading, received a developmental workshop in October 2021, and premiered at Great Barrington Public Theatre earlier this year.
For tickets and more information, visit BFANY.org.