a world premiere by Janine Sobeck Knighton

March 27-April 13, 2025
in the Studio Theatre at The Rose

THURSDAYS @ 7:30PM
FRIDAYS @ 7:30PM
SATURDAYS @ 4PM (ASL MARCH 29, SENSORY FRIENDLY APRIL 5)
SUNDAYS @ 2PM

60 minutes, no intermission

Subscriptions available at the button below. Single ticket on sale date TBA.

THE BEATRIX POTTER DEFENSE SOCIETY explores the early life of Beatrix Potter. And now you’re thinking of Peter Rabbit. As anyone would.

But Beatrix Potter was much more than Peter Rabbit. She was a literary subversive, employing the interplay between the wild and domestic worlds to help her worldwide readership view and interact with the natural world differently.

Much of her story lies in the journal where she sketched the artwork that would become synonymous with her name. But her real story lives in the coded text accompanying those sketches, coded text that chronicles both her discovery and harnessing of her personal power, anathema to Victorian gender norms.

Although much is made historically of how Beatrix’s connection to the vicar Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley enhanced her writing career, there are also hints that his wife Edith was Beatrix’s true guide. Yet it’s virtually impossible to find information about her. It’s as if she’s been erased.

THE BEATRIX POTTER DEFENSE SOCIETY explores that erasure in an attempt to crack the code of how Edith and Beatrix may have set each other on anarchic-for-the-times journeys of artistic independence.

CAST & CREATIVE

Playwright: Janine Sobeck Knighton
Actors: TBA
Director: Cheryl Ann Cluff
Costume Designer: Victoria Bird
Lighting Designer: Emma Belnap
Projections Designer: Daniel Charon
Scenic Designer: Janice Chan
Sound Designer: Cheryl Ann Cluff
Stage Manager: Taylor Wallace
Scenic Builder & Electrician: David Knoell