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Miss American Pie

A new play by Gwendolyn Rice. It’s election night, November 2016 and the news just keeps getting worse.

 
Saiyna asked me once why people say ‘American as apple pie?’ I don’t know, maybe it has something to do with the first Thanksgiving, or George Washington. But Washington was cherries, right?
 
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Miss American Pie

Cast: 1W

It’s election night, November 2016 and the news just keeps getting worse. Amidst the exit polls and red and blue maps on TV, Maggie gets an urgent phone call from her friend and coworker Saiyna. A Muslim woman originally from Pakistan, she is photographer for the local newspaper. But tonight, in a sea of emboldened white men in MAGA hats, she is also an easy target. Rattled by the panic in Saiyna’s message and unable to shield her from xenophobic attacks of Trump supporters, Maggie begins a conversation with the audience about the hatred of immigrants that is baked into our country’s history. 

And then she does what she always does, when she doesn’t know how to fix things. She makes pie. But even apple pie turns out to have a complicated evolution as the symbol of America.


Production History

2019. Jillene Ringle Solo Performance Program, developmental workshop and residency, 1812 Productions (Philadelphia, PA)

2019. Workshop performances, Front Porch Theater Company (Madison, WI)