If you’re not worried about the hyper-sexualization of young girls, then you’ve probably never seen Toddlers & Tiaras. Instead of tuning into TLC, head over to the John Hand Theater in Lowry, where Silhouette Theatre Company’s staging of Dierdre O’Connor’s Jailbait, an acclaimed contemporary drama about two teenage girls who masquerade as adults in order to get into a nightclub, opens tonight at 7:30 p.m.
According to director Johanna Jaquith, O’Connor is “a very fresh, very contemporary writer.” At the club, the girls meet two older men trying to reclaim their youth, and the four characters split into two couples. Emmy and Mark are the “more gregarious couple,” says Jaquith. The other pair has a more complicated relationship; both Clare and Robert are reeling from recent losses — Clare of her father, Robert of a child. “It juxtaposes the two interactions,” Jaquith notes. “It is a really pertinent issue.”
And Silhouette believes in pertinent theater. The company’s motto is “Be challenged, be changed,” and it takes on problematic social issues that many would rather ignore. “We really want to tell a good story and leave people thinking and talking about...the different things that rattled them,” says Jaquith.
Jailbait will run on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 6:30 p.m. through August 5; for more information or to purchase tickets, $15, go to www.sihouettetheatrecompany.org or call 303-999-9143.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 6:30 p.m. Starts: July 7. Continues through Aug. 5, 2012