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  • Off-Broadway

When We Were Young and Unafraid stars one of America’s greatest stage actresses, Cherry Jones (Agnes). The play, written by Sarah Treem and directed by Pam Mackinnon, focuses on a woman, Agnes, who tried to change things before women had choice and were protected from domestic violence.

  • Show Information

    Preview: May 21, 2014  Open: Jun. 17, 2014

  • CAST

    Agnes Cherry Jones Mary Anne Zoe Kazan Penny Morgan Saylor


    Written by Sarah Treem Director Pam Mackinnon Set Designer Scott Pask Costume Designer Jessica Pabst Lighting Designer Russell Champa Original Music and Sound Designer Broken Chord

    When We Were Young and Unafraid takes place prior to the Violence Against Women Act and Roe V. Wade, in the 1970s, when a woman named Agnes ran an underground women’s shelter. Originally a bed and breakfast, Agnes has made her place of business a safe haven for abused women. But now Agnes must deal with a new woman she is sheltering, a runaway named Mary Anne, who is having a major influence on her teenage daughter, Penny. As Mary Anne feeds Penny ideas that her mother does not agree with and the sounds of the feminist voices of revolution grow louder, Agnes must now question her presumptions about those she’s devoted to helping.
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  • Playing at:
    City Center, Stage I 130 West 56th Street New York, NY
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