The Secretaries


Written by The Five Lesbian Brothers
Directed by Bonnie Metzgar
Featuring AFT Artistic Associate Kelli Simpkins

PRESENTED AT: Theater Wit | 1229 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

Previews: MAY 6th thru MAY 8th, 2016
Regular Run: MAY 13th thru JUNE 12th, 2016

The third production in AFT’s exemplary 20th anniversary season, The Secretaries chronicles the initiation of Patty Johnson as she lands the job of her dreams at the Cooney Lumber Mill in Big Bone, Oregon. But those dreams turn into bloody nightmares when she discovers that her coworkers are chainsaw-wielding lumberjack killers!

Amidst the campy carnage, this feminist satire skewers female stereotypes of the 80s and 90s while hilariously subverting sexist ideas of femininity. And while it was written more than two decades ago, The Secretaries remains startlingly fresh with regard to how little has changed in the last 20 years.

Get ready to laugh, scream, and smash the patriarchy!


1931119_33118803219_6055_nThe Five Lesbian Brothers are Maureen Angelos, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey and Lisa Kron. They create provocative lesbian theater for the masses through the fine feminist art of collaboration. The Brothers came together as a theater company in 1989 after performing together in various other combinations at the OBIE Award-winning WOW Cafe Theatre. Their repertoire includes four full-length plays, Voyage to Lesbos, Brave Smiles, The Secretaries and Brides of the Moon, as well as numerous event-specific showstopping acts. The Brother’s plays have been produced Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway and beyond by New York Theatre Workshop, The Joseph Papp Public Theatre, the WOW Cafe Theatre, Downtown Art Company, Performance Space 122, Dixon Place, La Mama, the Kitchen and the Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris. They have toured to London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Houston, Columbus, Seattle, Philadelphia, Boston and the deep woods of Michigan. Their plays have also been produced by other companies throughout the United States and, believe it or not, in Zagreb, Croatia.

Bonnie Metzgar is a playwright, director, dramaturg and producer. Recent directing: LET ME DOWN EASY at American Theater Company and WALK ACROSS AMERICA FOR MOTHER EARTH by Taylor Mac for Garage Rep at Steppenwolf. Currently, Metzgar is the interim Artistic Director at American Theater Company and is on the National Advisory Committee for Howlround. She served as Artistic Director of About Face from 2008-2013 where she directed numerous shows including THE PRIDE and THE HOMOSEXUALS at Victory Gardens. Previously, Metzgar produced the 365 Festival with Suzan-Lori Parks and was Associate Producer at the Public Theater where she founded Joe’s Pub. She is a proud alum of the 2015 Goodman Theater Playwrights unit and got her MFA from University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop.