We are excited about the opening of Laura Schellhardt’s new play The Comparables, at the Seattle Repertory Theatre on Friday, March 6! Schellhardt, who created the 2011 hit “The K of D, an Urban Legend,” about a girl with a lethal kiss, now presents a world premier neo-feminist satire that tips the good old boy business ethic on its kiester. Bette, Monica and Iris are high-end real estate agents whose sales pitches are as impermeable as their manicured nails, but when Bette’s reputation is on the line, the choice is self-destruction or finding a new way of doing business.
Here’s part of a list of materials that relate to the play, featuring wonder-women of business and their unique talents. They’re quick, canny and cut-throat!
Top Girls by Caryl Churchill
Theatre Works presents this radio play set in Margaret Thatcher’s 1980s England, in which the new director of the Top Girls Employment Agency finds a curious method of adding to her client list. Have fun comparing the “top girls” with the women in The Comparables.
Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the ’60s and Beyond by Jane Maas
In a new spin on the TV show Mad Men, Maas reveals just what went on among the women of power during the 1960s on Wall Street. Second-class citizens? Yes. Powerless? Not a chance!
Shark Tales: How I Turned $1000 into a Billion Dollar Business by Barbara Corcoran
Using her innate organizational skills, grim determination, a strong personality and a small venture capital, Corcoran transformed herself into a wealthy, successful businesswoman with the popular TV show Shark Tank. Perhaps the women in Schellhardt’s play use some of the same tactics …
Glengarry Glen Ross
Like the team in The Comparables, Chicago-based Premier Properties is going under unless the fading salesmen get creative with their techniques. This movie is dialogue-rich, R-rated for language and star-studded (Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris and Kevin Spacey).
#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
The CEO of Nasty Gal talks frankly about her rise to power in online fashion retailing. If you want to be a “girlboss,” or if you work for one, read this book: it’s funny, inspiring and atypical. Real estate and the fashion business, when run successfully by women, have more in common than you might think.