Weasel by Beth Graham
Alone, in her bedroom, Charlie, a struggling actor, tries to understand why she is unable to return to the stage. Is it stage fright or something far more sinister? The weasels of fear have been unleashed. The abyss yawns. Invisible wounds bleed afresh. Weasel is a play about pursuing what you love, the imbalance of power, and the theatre.
Keywords: theatre, power, harassment, large cast
Weasel premiered as part of the Studio Theatre 2022/23 season at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. There will be an upcoming production of Weasel at Capilano University in Vancouver, British Columbia in November 2023
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Run time: 130 minutes
Suitable for students 16+
Content note: Contains scenes of bullying, abuse of power, swearing
Cast size: 12 - 18 actors
Casting note: This play can be performed by 12 -18 actors.
There are 34 characters in Weasel, so the play requires some actors to play multiple parts. Pronouns for most of the characters may be changed to suit the needs of the cast. However, Benji and Nick’s pronouns should remain he/him. Charlie, Cleo, Taylor, and the Diva’s pronouns should remain she/her.
"[Weasel] takes us into the heart of a mysterious world that is collaborative but hierarchical, creative but rule-bound, populated by high-octane people pretending to be someone else."
- Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca
"...Weasel conveys powerful messages of strength and resilience that will leave a lasting impression on audiences."
- Sarah Dussome, Broadway World