Based on the "Brides in the Bath" murders in early 20th century England, The Drowning Girls recounts the true story of Bessie, Alice and Margaret, three women who were all wooed by, married to, and eventually murdered by George Joseph Smith. A hundred years later, the struggle against misogyny and domestic abuse seems all too familiar. Emerging from the stillness of their watery graves, the three women deliver hauntingly lyrical post-mortem testimonies, reliving the troubling events leading up to their eventual deaths.
Approximately 90 minutes, no intermission.
By Beth Graham, Daniela Vlaskalic and Charlie Tomlinson
directed by Brendan Ragan
April 22 - Mayt 22, 2016
Nicole Jeannine Smith
Summer Dawn Wallace
Ryan E. Finzelber
Original Score/Sound Designer
Voice and Diction Coach
Katherine Michelle Tanner*
* Member of Actors' Equity
“As impressive as the play itself, is Regan and co-founder Summer Dawn Wallace’s continued ability to attract top flight actors with off-the-beaten path plays in order to inject a breath of new life onto the local theater scene.”
-Bradenton Times (Full Review)
“Everything about the current production of "The Drowning Girls" at Urbanite Theatre is imaginative and ethereally beautiful."
-The Bradenton Herald (Full Review)
“It all comes off so naturally and the women seem so comfortable with the tubs and the water, that we’re free to focus on the stories and personalities and truly care about their experiences.”
-Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Full Review)
“Ragan takes you up, he takes you down and plants your feet back firmly on the ground. Then the funhouse ride ends, and you can’t believe it’s over.”
-The Observer (Full Review)