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Regional Premiere Drama

When We Were Young and Unafraid

By Sarah Treem

feature unafraidFebruary 21-March 12, 2017

A new play from one of the writers behind Netflix’s House of Cards & HBO’s In Treatment.

A powerful new play that takes us inside an underground women’s shelter 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. Soon, Agnes is forced to confront her own presumptions about the women she’s spent her life trying to help.

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It’s 1972 and Agnes, a single mother and former nurse, runs a quiet bed and breakfast on a remote island off the Washington coast that secretly moonlights as a shelter for battered women. However, when the latest young runaway rattles their lives, the other residents must confront their own secret pasts. Penned by House of Cards writer Sarah Treem, this thoroughly engaging drama explores the passion of youth, the wisdom of age, and the people who awaken us to new possibilities.


2 hrs, 15 minutes, with one intermission

Content Advisory:
This production contains mature content and may not be suitable for all audiences.

Cast and Artists

Agnes: Christine Dye*
Mary Anne: Kat McCaulla
Penny: Delaney Ragusa
Paul: Zak Schneider*
Hannah: Tess Talbot*

Author: Sarah Treem
Director: Drew Fracher
Set & Lighting Designer: Brian c. Mehring
Costume Designer: Mary Murphy
Sound Designer: Matt Callahan
Property Master & Design Assistant: Shannon Rae Lutz
Production Stage Manager: Brandon T. Holmes*
Assistant Stage Manager: Elizabeth Freyman*
Master Electrician: Matthew Hollstegge

*Cast/production member belongs to Actors' Equity union.

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Young and Unafraid a boon for actresses Cincinnati Enquirer

New Play from House of Cards Writer -Resonates in 2017 Political Climate – River City News