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Sisters in LAW
April 6–21, 2024
By Jonathan Shapiro
Based on the book by Linda Hirshman
Directed by Alexa Scott Flaherty
While Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor had a lot in common as the first two women on the U.S. Supreme Court, their methodologies and political leanings couldn’t have been more opposite. This new play by Emmy and Peabody award-winner Jonathan Shapiro, based on the award-winning 2015 book, brings to life a friendship of two iconic figures that transcended political party, religion, and culture.
Roles for two actors that can evoke these two iconic women. The play is about a 35-year relationship and thus age is somewhat flexible for actors age 40+.
Sandra Day O’Connor – an extroverted Westerner, lawyer and politician, grew up on a hardscrabble ranch then attended Stanford Law School; ages early 40s-80s during course of play.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg – an introverted New Yorker, Jewish intellectual, liberal; ages late 30s – 80s during course of play.
Note for tone of the play: The play is about the thirty-five year long relationship between polar opposites who became the most powerful women in American history. Its themes are power itself, the meaning of gender equality and justice, how and when meaningful change can be achieved, and the need for principled compromise. Even in scenes when the characters are on stage at the same time addressing different audiences, we should understand that they are still in dialogue with one another and us.
Actors will read from sides which will be available in advance. Actors are asked to select a side of their choice that best matches the track/show they are most interested. Audition candidates can elect to submit for either or both shows. Call backs, if needed, will be scheduled based on actor availability.