A new drama at the Whitefire Theatre tackles the timely and sensitive topic of female teachers who become involved with their underage students.
As Mustang Sally begins, the affair between a 13-year old middle school student and his 31-year old teacher, Kathy, has already been discovered. When Kathy's older sister steps forward to help her deal with the repercussions, the result is an involving and insightful drama that provides food for thought about a serious subject.
Playwright Linda Felton Steinbaum's work has always stemmed from contemporary social issues. "I write about what confuses me or makes me angry," she explains. "With Mustang Sally I wanted to explore what I see as a serious double standard. When a man becomes sexually involved with a young girl, we want him tarred and feathered. On the other hand, a boy who has sex with an older woman is 'one lucky guy.' But this kind of thing is just as damaging to our boys. We need to protect our sons as well as our daughters."
"When I read Linda's script I thought, this is something that needs to be discussed," says internationally-acclaimed director Arturo Castillo. "Linda has exhaustively researched her subject, but her play isn't didactic. Everyone with whom I speak seems to have a different stance on what is 'right' in these cases - the very type of subject matter that makes for wonderful theater."
Performances are scheduled Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm.
Official Website: http://www.MustangSallytheplay.com
Added by lucypr on September 10, 2007