The All-Girl Theater Company

SLUT: The Play 2016

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Written by Katie Cappiello

Developed in collaboration with The Arts Effect All-Girl Theater Co.

Directed by Katie Cappiello & Meg McInerney

Featuring the award-winning teen actors of The Arts Effect


She wanted it.  Did she say “No”?  She was drunk and out of control.  She deserved it– did you see what she was wearing?  The guys wouldn’t need to force her.  Why did she have condoms in her bag?  She prides herself on being a slut.  
One Friday night, 16-year-old Joey Del Marco parties with three of her best guy friends…and her world comes tumbling down.  In a culture where silence, judgement, and slut shaming allow sexual violence to thrive, will Joey find support and justice?  When past choices and actions are used against her, will her voice be heard?  How will one night forever change not just Joey, but her whole community?


“Katie Cappiello’s powerhouse script examines the double standard that celebrates sexual activity by boys but denigrates it for girls. The girls’ realistic dialogue makes the audience feel as though it were sitting in the gym locker room, overhearing painfully intimate conversations… Insightful look at the sensitive issues of rape and cyberbullying with heartfelt performances from the impressive all-female cast. ” – Time Out New York

SLUT is truthful, raw and immediate. See this play and witness what American young women live with everyday.” – Gloria Steinem

SLUT pulses with the fierce voices of the girls who created it. This is an exceptional play that looks you straight in the eye and tells you what it means to grow up female and sexual in a world marked by double standards and violence. It sparkles with insight and scenes of heartbreaking truth that you won’t see anywhere else. Slut should be required reading for every educator, parent and girl.” – Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out and The Curse of the Good Girl. 

“Engrossing drama” – New York Magazine

“Leading the charge to end slut shaming for got!” – Teen Vogue

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The Arts Effect All-Girl Theater Company was founded in 2007 by Katie Cappiello & Meg McInerney as a nurturing, empowering space for ensembles of girls ages 9-18 to come together and artistically explore their world.  Through a unique combination of intensive acting training, creative writing, debate and discussion, mentorship, and public service, members of The Arts Effect All-Girl Theater Company become change agents – utilizing the power of the theater arts to share their voices, challenge their communities, and inspire their peers.  The Arts Effect is dedicated to the development of girl-driven original plays, girl-focused community events, and girl-empowering in-school workshops throughout the United Sates, all designed to raise awareness and spark open and honest communication about the challenges girls face worldwide – from the over-sexualization of girls in culture to sex trafficking; from the intense presence of social media in girls’ lives to reproductive rights/girls’ health.

To date, The Arts Effect All-Girl Theater Company has reached thousands of girls in NYC and beyond, most notably through the touring of the critically-acclaimed, award-winning plays KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN (“The Arts Effect Girls are so funny, so touching, and so REAL!  Awesome to see such amazing acting and writing on stage!” –Amy Poehler), FACEBOOK ME (“Smart, daring, refreshingly honest – Facebook Me is a necessary and powerful play!” –Gloria Steinem), and SLUT (“Riveting, moving and courageous.” –Kathy Najimy), along with its OPERATION: GIRL POWER in-school workshops, and FIND YOUR VOICE! fundraising events in support of organizations such as V-Day, Girls, Inc., and FAIRGirls.

This past year, Arts Effect All-Girl Theater Company expanded its reach, working with girls throughout the midwestern United States and also, across the globe as far as in Indonesia, and also designing and implemented a leadership-through-storytelling workshop for commercially sexually exploited youth.

Artistic Director, Katie Cappiello and Managing Director, Meg McInerney are graduates of NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts where they studied a combination of Drama, Women’s Studies, and Applied Theater.  They were recently honored by The National Women’s Hall of Fame and The United States Congress for their dedicated, cutting-edge work empowering young girls. 

Facebook Me

**An official selection of the 2011 NY International Fringe Festival!**

A shockingly real look into the lives of 10 girls as they navigate their teens years in the age of Facebook. It’s 10:00pm. Do you know WHO your daughter is?

“facebook me is a smart, daring, and refreshingly honest testimonial of what it means to be a girl growing up in today’s technology saturated culture. To witness these girls exploring the universal truths of their generation is an incredible gift and I encourage anyone and everyone to see this necessary and powerful play.”

The Girl Gazette

Inspired by a dusty, rusty, antique typewriter and a desire to make their voices heard, a scrappy crew of girl-power girls creates a newspaper that takes elementary school hallways by storm! The Girl Gazette tackles the most hard-hitting news in girl world: peer pressure, cyberbullying, body image issues, growing pains, media madness, gym teacher troubles, mean girl fever, and more! Join the smart, spunky, funky staff of The GG for an exciting, super fun, unexpected journey into totally TRUE stories about REAL girls as the team scrambles to meet their latest deadline!

DOWNLOAD the Girl Gazette HERE!

Keep Your Eyes Open

**Winner of the 2008 NY International Fringe Festival Most Outstanding Ensemble Award!**

Keep Your Eyes Open, the first play created/performed by children to be selected for FringeNYC 2008 and THE BEST OF FRINGE MOST OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE AWARD WINNER, takes viewers on an unexpected journey inside the world of the girls of Westbrook Middle School! The tricky and trying realities faced by our daughters, sisters, and friends are humorously examined through the eyes of Winnifred, a precocious 12-year-old (½ Ramona Quimby, ½ Juno MacGuff) armed with a video camera and a laptop. Determined to move the masses, Winnie creates her very own reality web-series called Winnifred’s Words of Wisdom. With help from her classmates, The Westbrook Wildcat Dance Team, the music of Gwen Stefani, Fergie, and Soulja Boy, and inspired by her hope for a better world, Winnifred reveals life beyond Disney Channel and Juicy Couture and captures real stories about real girls!

Keep Your Eyes Open was created by The Arts Effect
Written by Katie Cappiello
Directed by Katie Cappiello and Meg McInerney