When We Were Young and Unafraid

written by Sarah Treem – directed by Meggie Grievell
Persistent Theater Productions, Spring 2019

In the early 1970s, before Roe v. Wade, before the Violence Against Women Act, Agnes has turned her quiet bed and breakfast into one of the few spots where victims of domestic violence can seek refuge. But to Agnes’s dismay, her latest runaway, Mary Anne, is beginning to influence Agnes’s college-bound daughter Penny. As the drums of a feminist revolution grow louder outside of Agnes’s tiny world, Agnes is forced to confront her own presumptions about the women she’s spent her life trying to help.

Julie Ann Grief Schmidt – Agnes
Aidan Jhane Gallivan – Mary Anne
Audrey Parry – Penny
Lynda Dahl – Hannah
Jared Mogen – Paul

 “The play shows us that when a woman doesn’t feel safe in her own home, whether that’s with her parents, or siblings, or the man who’s supposed to love and protect her above all else, her choices and opportunities for a happy and fulfilling life are severely limited.”

Cherry and Spoon

“An electrifying Aidan Jhane Gallivan,
and a lovably vulnerable Audrey Parry…
These two actresses are thrilling to witness”

John Townsend, Lavender Magazine

“Aidan Jhane Gallivan is raw and vulnerable”

Cherry and Spoon