EST's new drama confronts the history of a great medical breakthrough by telling the forgotten story of a community of enslaved black women who involuntarily enabled the discovery. More…
In 1840s Alabama, Philomena assists a doctor - her owner - as he performs experimental surgeries on her fellow slave women, trying to find a treatment for the painful post-childbirth complications known as fistulas. Reframing the origin story of modern gynecology, "Behind the Sheet" tells how these women supported each other, and questions who, and what, history remembers.
See it if You want to know the real deal about how slaves were treated - subjects of surgical experimentation without any regard for safety or dignity
Don't see it if You are squeamish or want a whitewashed version of how medical advances were made.
See it if You care anything for woman's Issues or slave issues. Small intimate production that is very emotional. I only saw a preview and it’s ready!
Don't see it if You aren’t willing to open your heart or don’t like fictionalized history.
See it if you'd like to see a highly effective production of a brilliant young playwright engaging difficult historical material that speaks to today.
Don't see it if you cannot bear to see people in physical pain.
See it if The Ensemble Studio Theater never disappoints....Great acting, great staging and a great script...It's riveting...
Don't see it if You are bothered by talk of surgery or OB-GYN medical issues...
See it if you're interested in the voices of Black women erased by history, you're interested in medical ethics
Don't see it if you're looking for something light. Be prepared that the characters being portrayed are experiencing a great deal of pain.
See it if Medical history brought to life. Ethical dissonance between dedicated innovation & racist coercion. Nuanced relationships among the women.
Don't see it if You don't want to see people in pain. You are not interested in the slave women's perspective. Some awkward staging w/ blocked sight lines.
See it if you are interested in a play based on facts which describe how slave women were used as guinea pigs in Ob-Gyn experiments.
Don't see it if you have no interest in this subject; slavery issues distress you; women's issues are not your thing either.
See it if you can face women in slavery subjected to dozens of excruciating, experimental, surgeries without anesthesia, others holding them down.
Don't see it if If you lack the ability to put yourself in other people's shoes.
See it if A true and utterly heartwrenching play about a doctor in the old south who uses black women as guinea pigs in gynecological experiments !
Don't see it if Not for the faint of heart although I know you will learn a lot if you decide to see this.. !
See it if Pioneer Doctor of Gynecology developed surgical corrective procedure by performing trial operations on slaves using little or no anesthetic.
Don't see it if You do not want to be reminded that at one time human beings were considered property and treated like animals.
See it if you like plays based on history, especially little remembered portions, with modern language and attitudes
Don't see it if you're looking for a lighthearted story or fancy staging
See it if Simpson's medical/historical drama engages both intellect & emotions Interaction of women undercuts any dryness of material Well staged
Don't see it if Can get bogged down in the medically arcane & pacing can be slow Acting is uneven but Lorrain's Philomena holds a powerful evening together
See it if You are interested in a drama loosely based on true events that deals with the issue of medical racism
Don't see it if You want to see a musical, comedy or a lavish production or if you have no interest in medical drama
See it if very dark and informative about some really tough times, really uncomfortable theatre in a GOOD way, very important messages in this one
Don't see it if this does take place during slavery so if that is triggering keep that in mind, not looking for something dark, sensitive to miscarriage
See it if you want a fictionalized account of unethical medical history, a horrible byproduct of slavery; to support promising new writer and director
Don't see it if mix of fact/fiction and some anachronisms disturb you; scenes of slavery and suggestions of crude medical procedures are triggering
See it if You enjoy medial history Want to see a good ensemble cast of women
Don't see it if You are not up to an intense look at how enslaved women were used as Guinean pigs Don’t like serious topics
See it if you would enjoy a play where the history of medicine and the history of slavery intersect in America c. 1850.
Don't see it if you object to history plays that take significant liberties with the history they’re presenting.
See it if you appreciate talented artists telling integral stories from American history via perspectives that have traditionally been silenced.
Don't see it if you can't recognize the importance of hearing the stories of former enslaved black women, or if forced experimental surgeries is triggering.
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