Who runs the world? "Girls Like That"

The Concordia Courier

Directed by Sarah Riper and written by Evan Placey, "Girls Like That" will open on Jan. 19th and run until Jan. 28th.

By Rebekah Michel | 1/19/2024

In an age in which conversations about mental health, feminism and sexism abound, Concordia’s Theatre Department prepares to send an emotional and moving message with their upcoming production of “Girls Like That” by Evan Placey.

Directed by Sarah Ripper, “Girls Like That” is inspired by the true stories of female victims of cyberbullying, who then committed acts of suicide. The plot follows a group of students at an all girls Catholic school, among which is Scarlett. When Scarlett’s nude photo of herself gets leaked around the school, the girls must decide if they should unite or be torn apart by rumors, bullying and jealousy.

Starring an all female cast, “Girls Like That” is a gripping production that does not shy away from the tough realities of being a woman in the age of social media. “Theater for me has always felt so male dominated, especially at the amateur level,” said senior Meg Rocha. Rocha plays the role of Scarlett, as well as Scarlett’s female ancestors.

While this production is culturally relevant and is applicable to young women of today, it also highlights the fight for women's rights within the last century. “I love seeing how far we’ve come as women in one century! At the same time, ‘Girls Like That’ shows some backwards steps and despite what you’d think, a lot of it has to do with women inflicting harm upon their own gender,” said Rocha.

Concordia was originally set to premiere “Girls Like That’ in March of 2020. After only one public performance, the production was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now set with a new director and cast, the messaging of “Girls Like That” is as relevant as ever. The cast hopes that this production sparks conversation about the various themes presented.

“Since this show is created for women to act and to tell this story, I feel as though most of the topics that are covered resonate with me heavily,” said senior Catalina Tan. Tan plays one of eight ensemble girls that serve as a narrator and provides an inside look into the story through the eyes of Scarlett’s peers.

By addressing social issues and telling this story, the Theatre Department feels that this production will move audiences and leave them to question the role that social media plays in regards to mental health and standards for women.

“I want audiences to see these characters' negative actions and be able to recognize the flawed system that the women of our generation have to grow up in. This acknowledgment should then inspire them to look for ways to support and empower others, instead of feeding into the problem or just being a bystander,” said Kate Nyer. Nyer plays one of the ensemble girls who wrestles with these topics throughout the course of the show.

“Girls Like That” will play at the Studio Theater on Jan. 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 21 and 28 at 2 p.m. Concordia students can reserve free tickets for one performance by using the code CUISTU at checkout.

Please note that this production is suitable for audiences 17+ and does include mature language, sexual references and mentions of suicide. Following select performances, a post show talkback will be held on the topics of social media and bullying with counselors from the Wellness Center. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit simpletix.com/e/girls-like-that-tickets-142415

Tags: Performing Arts, Theatre

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