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By Nedra Pezold Roberts
Directed by Michael Wainstein
They Must Be Women Now! follows Charleen (alias Sweet Tea), who like her ancient predecessor, Sophocles’ Antigone, has a big mouth that gets her into trouble.
Fired from her high-powered job in Atlanta where she finally had enough of men interrupting her and taking credit for her ideas, she returns to her home in Half Way, Georgia, where her feisty mother is the owner of Miss Althea’s Bridal Boutique and Bail Bonds. Caught in various traps forged by their own time, culture and individual journeys, it is the characters' job to discover themselves and "become women now."
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Nedra Pezold Roberts is an emerging playwright in Atlanta. After several decades teaching drama and English in college and prep school and publishing two textbooks, she took early retirement so she could write her own plays. Her first play was a finalist in the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and her first production captured seven Elly Awards (including Best Script) in the 2014 Elly Awards announced by SARTA, the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance. Since then, she has had productions or readings coast to coast and internationally. Several of the plays have won competitions, such as the 2016-17 Texas Nonprofit Theatres TNT POPS, both the 2013 and 2017 Southern Playwrights Competition, and both the 2013 and 2015 AACT NewPlayFest. Other plays have been published, by Smith and Kraus and by Dramatic Publishing. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Working Title Playwrights and the Atlanta Writers Club. nedrapezoldroberts.com