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Sixteen-year-old Gillian is a "dag"— a nerd, a misfit, totally uncool — who sees herself as fat, ugly and a social cripple. Throughout this play, Gillian takes us on a funny, excruciating journey through the world of adolescent anguish and awkwardness. She finds it hard to cope with her bright gung-ho sister, who is not only totally together physically, but also has a bouncy, positive mental attitude; her gossipy girlfriends; her addiction to chocolate; and her desperate quest to be beautiful and popular. So when she develops a crush on the school heartthrob and finds herself on a blind date with a mega-dag, Gillian feels pushed to the edge. But in a surprise ending, Gillian triumphs with an exhilarating moment of self-awareness and confidence. The critic for the Sydney Morning Herald called this play, "...a celebration of survival... a paean to self-reliance and self-respect. It is scalding about life's bullies and affectionate about its dags. It is a slice of life that cuts deep."

10 - 11 JULY 2004

Phoenix Theatre

Written by

DEBRA OSWALD

Directed by

ELI EREZ

TORI TAFT

ROMI FREEDMAN

Starring

AMY BAISE

LISA BRASH

SONNY BEYCHER

ORI FIXLER

NATALIE HERSCU

LEORA JAYE

NATALIE KIRIATI

JACKIE LANGE

DANIELLE SUNTUP

CAITLIN WAINRIB

STEPHEN WAINRIB

Saltpillar Theatre was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the lead actress of this production in February 2020.

CAITLIN WAINRIB was a talented young actress who graced our stage in the role of Gillian.

We dedicate this production to her loving memory. X

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