Theatre presents groundbreaking look at feminism, The Heidi Chronicles
The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein is a play about Heidi Holland exploring the dawn of the women’s movement where she and her friends are fighting for their rights as women to have equality across the board from careers, love, and wages, the question is did they really win?
NorthEastern University, is producing this play with the help of guest director Bridget Kathleen O’Leary, who is a part-time lecturer for the theatre department and she is also the Associate Artistic Director for New Repertory theatre in Watertown, MA. O’Leary commented saying,“I love this play because it asks big questions about the role of women in society. There was a real push in the 70’s and 80’s to unite on a common goal, but there were a lot of disagreements about what that should look like. The play dramatizes that our paths are as individual as we are. Women today, and this is certainly true of the women in the cast, celebrate their uniqueness. I think The Heidi Chronicles is a wonderful investigation of how the women of that generation got us to where we are today.”
Cast member Christie Chen AMD ’18, adds: “In rehearsal, we’ve been discussing what it means to be a feminist, and what it meant to be a feminist 20 years ago. The way that many people view the concept has changed dramatically. Now, most people know that it means that you support the idea that men and women should have equal social, political, and economic rights. In the seventies, many viewed it as ‘You either shave your legs or you don’t.’ You couldn’t say you were a feminist without being called a ‘bra-burner.’ The play highlights changing views of feminism over the years as we follow one woman’s life.”
NorthEastern University’s production of The Heidi Chronicles runs from February 16th- February 28th, tickets range from $5-$15.