Contemporary western | CORE SEASON | THRUST STAGE
BY ANNA CHATTERTON
APRIL 15 – MAY 3, 2020
Joyce, Effie and BB are cowgirl goddesses on Mount Olympus who lament what they see down on earth. It’s a cowboy’s world. Cocky steer-ropers have stolen the spotlight for long enough. The goddesses decide to use their considerable supernatural powers to give rise to a Cowgirl Revolution. When they discover Cassidy Clark, a talented, charismatic loner from Okotoks, Alberta, they know they have found the barrel racer poised to lead their cause. The three goddesses appear to her one day, offering her all the gifts she will need to earn her first buckle at the Canadian Finals Rodeo championship. Atop her trusty mare, Starbright, the play follows Cassidy’s swift rise to the top of the circuit, throwing back shots of Jack Daniels and two-stepping along the way. Cassidy wrestles with her new-found fame, and just how far she will push herself and Starbright in pursuit of their dream.
Anna Chatterton’s Cowgirl Up is a magical, thought-provoking, irreverent new work that takes on rodeo culture from a whole new perspective, examining the unique challenges faced by women.
IF YOU LIKE: Godless, GLORY, A League Of Their Own, Battle of the Sexes.
Audience Considerations: Mature subject matter, sexuality and course language. Suggested for ages 16+.
Running Time: Approximately 90 minutes (no intermission)
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