Feminist Fringe Show Inspired By Roe V. Wade to Open in September

The Pecking Order runs from September 21 – October 1 at the Player & Players Skinner Studio.

By: Aug. 06, 2023
The Pecking Order is a live performance event born out of grief and disbelief after the 2022 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The piece is inspired by the wife and daughters of the supreme court judge who penned the original opinion, Justice Harry Blackmun.

He was married with three daughters, one of which became pregnant out of wedlock and dropped out of college at 19. This 70s-inspired tragicomedy imagines a make-believe version of what their dinner table conversations might have been like, and highlights the absurdity of women’s rights being thrust back in time. In a typically unpredictable Paper Dolls fashion, The Pecking Order asks provocative questions about unplanned pregnancy, family dynamics, and women’s rights.

“Our initial impulse was to scream ‘abortion is healthcare’ from the rooftops. But to separate this difficult conversation one degree from the ‘real world,’ we are using the metaphor of chickens and eggs. This symbolism illustrates how America views gestating bodies: as machines and vessels of production. We are committed to exploring the complexities of what a gestating person experiences when confronted with pregnancy, the absence of choice, and how to navigate the private decision being of public dispute,” says Artistic Director, Sara Vanasse.

The Pecking Order runs from September 21 – October 1 at the Player & Players Skinner Studio. Admission is Pay What You Decide, $20 suggested. For tickets visit https://phillyfringe.org/events/the-pecking-order/

Simi Toledano (she/they, “Joni”) is delighted to perform in their third Paper Doll Ensemble production! Simi recently directed an original play So Sad, So Sexy at The Tank in NYC. They studied acting with Terry Knickerbocker at The William Esper Studio. Currently she is developing a new show unofficially titled “The Ancestor Project” with Tapestry Collective, an NYC based feminist devised theater collective she co-founded in 2016. Simi is also an award winning filmmaker and writer, certified consulting hypnotist, and ritual leader based in Philadelphia.