Having It All: A Conversation with Playwright Gina Gionfriddo

In playwright Gina Gionfriddo’s comedy “Rapture, Blister, Burn,” two forty-something former schoolmates confront their choices – one became a feminist academic superstar, the other a stay-at-home mom – and decide they each want what the other has.

In an ad hoc women’s studies classroom featuring three generations of American women, they interrogate the theoretical underpinnings and practical implications of feminist ideals and put them to practice in their own lives, to mixed results.

“Rapture, Blister, Burn” made its world premiere at New York’s Playwrights Horizons in 2012 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The play opens its Louisville premiere March 20 at The Bard’s Town Theatre.

WFPL’s Erin Keane talks with Gionfriddo about the play, “leaning in,” pop culture success tropes,and the myth of having it all. 

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