A scorching new work from rising playwright Ming Peiffer kicks off Roundabout Underground's new season. Presented as part of the Underground reading series, which also gave the likes of Joshua Harmon and Stephen Karam their Off-Broadway break, Usual Girls tracks the character of Kyeoung's life from the playground through to adult hood, and all the knocks she experiences along the way. It's an unblinking look at what it means to grow up a woman in America. Tyne Rafaeli (Actually) directs.
What is usual Girls About?
Examining how a girl comes of age in a hyper-sexualised, misogynist society, Usual Girls begins on the playground, with a boy threatening to tattle on some girls for cursing unless they give him a kiss. It's one part in a collage of moments from the life of Kyeoung, that also include an alcoholic dad and her judgemental friends. As we see her grow, we see all the men and experiences that chipped away at her selfhood.