by Stephanie Alison Walker

1978. Margo and Ray, the first and only female longshoremen in the Port of Los Angeles, are trapped in the cargo hold of a container ship by their male peers. When the ship sets sail for Shanghai it becomes clear this is more than just hazing and panic begins to set in. Over the course of this powerful new play by Stephanie Alison Walker, the two women fight starvation, thirst, and each other in order to stay alive. Oh, and there are witches.

Coming to CVREP on February 20th at 2pm.

Stephanie Alison Walker

STEPHANIE ALISON WALKER Stephanie is an award-winning playwright committed to radical truth-telling in her work. Her plays are known for mining humor in darkness, the personalization of the political, the complexity of human emotions and the exploration and dramatization of the strength of women. Her full-length plays include The Madres (Winner of the 2019 Francesca Primus Prize, O’Neill Finalist, NNPN Rolling World Premiere 2018,) The Abuelas (Antaeus Theatre Company – Los Angeles and Teatro Vista- Chicago Tribune Critic’s pick 2019,) Friends With Guns (O’Neill Finalist, Shared World Premiere – Chapel Theatre Collective/The Road Theatre/Uprising Theatre 2019,) The Art of Disappearing (Primus Prize Finalist, 16th Street Theater 2015,) American Home (Little Candle Productions 2017,) The Sister House, Sophia Hayden Deserves Better and The Ordeal of Water. Honors include: Winner of the American Theatre Critics Association’s 2019 Francesca Primus Prize, Two-time Winner of the Ashland New Plays Festival, 2016 NNPN Showcase, 2018 NNPN Showcase finalist, Winner of Chicago’s American Blues Theater’s Blue Ink Award, winner of the 2016 Generations Prize, winner of Valley Theatre Awards Best Play of the Year for Friends With Guns, finalist for the 2016 Saroyan/Paul Playwriting Prize for Human Rights, Jane Chambers Award Runner-Up, two-time finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, finalist for the CTG/Humanitas Playwriting Prize, finalist for the 2016 Primus Prize Award, Four-time Finalist for the prestigious Heideman Award. Stephanie’s full length plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc and her short plays are anthologized by Smith & Kraus and have been produced all over the world. Stephanie is also the author of the book and blog, LOVE IN THE TIME OF FORECLOSURE which has been called “A heartbreaking work of staggering acceptance” and was featured by the Los Angeles Times, NPR, Business Week Magazine, Chicago Magazine, Huffington Post Live and ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer. Stephanie is a proud alumni of the Playwrights Union and current member of the Dramatists Guild, NNPN Affiliated Artist and HONOR ROLL! — an action and advocacy group of women+ playwrights over forty whose aim is to significantly increase our inclusion and representation on stage and in the theatrical canon. In addition to playwriting, she is currently adapting several of her plays as a screenplay and is working on a new pilot inspired by her life as a real estate agent in the suburbs of Chicago. Follow her on Instagram @theplaywrightrealtor and visit her website for more info:


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