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Oh Righteous God And Sinful Me
A dark comedy by playwright Linsey Watkins that normalizes female sexuality, Oh Righteous God And Sinful Me (ORGASM) is a coming-of-age play set in an all-girls Catholic boarding school. When new student Evie arrives mid-year, she finds that her classmates are completely ignorant about their own bodies. Evie becomes the girls' sex-ed teacher and tasks herself with helping them find the key to a self-induced orgasm. What follows are the fun, genuine, quirky, and necessary results of sexual discovery.
first read through at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. December 9, 2018
WOMEN'S THEATRE FESTIVAL in Raleigh, North Carolina. July 13th and 14th, 2019
PAGE 28 THEATRE COMPANY virtual reading. October 18th, 2020.
"The tension between authoritarianism and adolescent self-expression leads to a climax as every bit as cathartic as you could hope for..."
"At times hilarious, at times heart-rending, the play brings to mind a lovechild born of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Netflix’s Sex Education. Sister Mary Paul’s steely, almost machine-like manner expresses well the unbending nature of Holy Scripture while Evie’s rebellion expresses the folly of youth, moving too far too fast. As conservatism, both secular and otherwise, rises in our society, this is a timely play which raises deep and valid questions about how we subjugate young females in the name of protecting them." -- N. Moeed, review from Chatham Life and Style
"This play is so satisfying. It's like what I *wanted* Dead Poets Society to be-- a drama-filled boarding school tale, but with girls! Feminist, raunchy, funny, punchy, twisty, truthful. Plus, Evie is one of my favorite protagonists in recent memory." -Ruthie Allen, recommendation posted to New Play Exchange