“Crooked,” a play by Catherine Trieschmann onstage in the Studio theater of the Fine Arts Center

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

Samuel French says about “Crooked”:

Dramatic Comedy

Fourteen year old Laney arrives in Oxford, Mississippi with a twisted back, a mother in crisis and a burning desire to be writer. When she befriends Maribel Purdy, a fervent believer in the power of Jesus Christ to save her from the humiliations of high school, Laney embarks on a hilarious spiritual and sexual journey that challenges her mother’s secular worldview and threatens to tear their fragile relationship apart.


Laney Waters – 14, has dystonia, which causes one of her shoulders to draw up, as though she has a slightly hunched back.
Elise Waters – 40s, Laney’s mother
Maribel Purdy – 16, Laney’s friend, chubby and radiant

“Crooked” premiered in London at the Bush Theatre in 2006.    The Guardian wrote about this production:

‘Trieschmann shows a precise understanding of the female heart…A play of immense psychological shrewdness.’

“Crooked” will run March 4th and 5th in the Studio Theatre of the Fine Arts Center on the UTC Campus at 7:30pm.     This play is co-produced by the UTC Department of Theatre and Speech and the UTC Womens’ Studies Department.

Here’s more about the playwright from Womens’ Project.org:

Catherine Trieschmann – Playwright Catherine’s plays include The BridegroomCatherine of Blowing Rock (recipient of the L. Arnod Weissberger award), Before the Fire, crooked, The World of Others and Hot Georgia Sunday. Her work has been produced and/or developed at the Bush Theatre (London), the Summer Play Festival, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Theatre in the Square (Atlanta), the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, LARK, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and LAByrinth, among others. It is published by Samuel French, Methuen, and Smith & Kraus. Originally from Athens, Georgia, she received her M.F.A. from the University of Georgia, but currently resides in a small town in western Kansas, where she’s working on a commission for South Coast Repertory Theatre and a screenplay adaptation of the novel Angel’s Crest for Process Media.

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