Affecting Expression is a new queer tragicomedy by Princeton alum Eliana Cohen-Orth that tells the tale of three queer women from history — Charlotte Cushman, Matilda Hays, and Hatty Hosmer — as they navigate their intersecting artistic paths and the complexities of their relationships with each other and within the increasingly unreliable walls of their home. This piece explores questions such as: how can we transform historical queer experiences for modern artists and audiences? How do theater-makers maintain healthy relationships with theater-making, and make art in a way that is physically and emotionally sustainable? How can we come together to tell a story that we and other queer artists can look to and see our experiences, emotions, friendships, relationships, and artistry, reflected in an honest way? Directed by senior Eliyana Abraham and featuring senior Rosemary Paulson.

An audience talkback will follow the October 7 performance led by Dean of the College Jill Dolan, Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf, Abraham and Cohen-Orth.

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