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Impenetrable by Mia McCullough
West of Lenin Theater
Seattle, WA
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Impenetrable by Mia McCullough
"a drama at once disturbing, insightful and unexpectedly humorous...." - Chicago Theater Beat

"'Impenetrable' is ever timely...few plays have frankly considered women's and girls' self-perceptions and insecurities." - Seattle Times

Inspired by true events, "Impenetrable", a play by Mia McCullough, explores society's obsession with beauty in a deeply compelling and funny way. In 2007, a billboard image of a gorgeous, bikini-clad young woman appears superimposed with arrows pointing to "problem areas" that a local spa can fix. Even an ideal woman, the ad proclaims, can benefit from physical improvement. The community boycotts, but who is the outrage against? The spa owner for tapping into women's fears? Or an entire society that values women for their looks more than their personal achievements? This smart and revealing play delves into the impossible expectations of female beauty, especially the ones women (and men) place on themselves.

SIS Productions is giving the play its full West Coast premiere. Directed by Charles Waxberg, this production features a multi-cultural cast: Erwin Galan, Kathy Hsieh, Sara Javkhlan, Lisa Marie Nakamura, Shane Regan and Ruth Yeo-Peterman, and stage management by Rachel Rene Araucto. Produced by Rachel Rene Araucto, Kathy Hsieh, Lisa Marie Nakamura, Miko Premo, Melissa Slaughter and Roger Tang.

IMPENETRABLE is part of SIS' Celebrate Women Campaign. SIS hopes to inspire people of all genders, ages and races to re-imagine how women are valued in our culture. Envision what might be possible if women are appreciated for their accomplishments over their looks, size or weight. Where young girls are taught to reach their full-potential. Where women past a certain age are sought after for their wisdom and advice rather than fading into invisibility.

Celebrate Women Chats will follow each performance.

Special thanks to 4Culture for their continued support.

Check out our Impenetrable preview video for more information!

Mia McCullough's plays have been produced in Chicago at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Stage Left Theatre, and Chicago Dramatists; and around the country at theatres such as Actors' Express in Atlanta, InterAct in Philadelphia, The Old Globe and Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company in San Diego, the Victory Theatre in Los Angeles, and Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival. Her break-through play "Chagrin Falls" garnered many awards including the American Theatre Critics Association Osborn Award, first prize in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition, and a Joseph Jefferson Citation for New Work. Since Africa was commissioned by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and a nominee for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Play. Ms. McCullough is currently adjunct faculty at Northwestern University, a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and a member of the Dramatists Guild.

In 2013, "Impenetrable" was a finalist for the Mimi Steinberg / American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, which recognizes the best scripts that premiered professionally outside New York City.

"Fantastic script featuring some great acting and directing. Can't wait to see what's next from this female empowering company!"  
"So good."
"the play was so layered, and showed so many perspectives"
"Me & my friends loved IMPENETRABLE...! Thoughtful & funny as hell."
"Impenetrable was a great, thought-provoking show!"
"super entertaining and profound, thought provoking, pertinent to our lives"
"It gave me a lot of insight into how women think and how I think about women."
"This is the first time I feel like I'm hearing what really goes on in women's heads in a truthful and honest way."
"You have a new leading man - Shane Regan is like a young Brad Pitt."


West of Lenin Theater (View)
203 N. 36th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
United States


Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 10
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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