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The Lady Demands Satisfaction

A full length farce for for 2M, 5F
When a young maiden who has never touched a sword learns she must defend her inheritance in a duel, she struggles with a milksop suitor, a servant girl posing as a Prussian fencing master, a Prussian fencing master who thinks he is there to marry her, a stodgy lawyer and her domineering aunt – the finest blade anywhere - to save her house and lands.

Runtime: 100 minutes

Period: 1740

Setting: Pepperston Hall and its grounds.
Characters: (2M,5F)

The play won
Babes With Blades Theatre Company
Chicago, IL.

About The Lady Demands Satisfaction

Farce, Full Length, 5F, 2M

Babes With Blades

(L to R)Megan Schemmel, Amanda N. Forman, Kate Booth, Ari Kraiman. Photo by Steven Townshend.
Currently in production in Chicago by Babes With Blades Theatre Company running through August 25th, 2018.

A new farce, written for the 2017/2018 Joining Sword and Pen Competition - and my third win! It's a classic farce, set in the mid-1700's, with lots of swordplay, a servant girl posing as a Prussian fencing master who doesn't speak English, the actual a Prussian Fencing master who gets mistaken for a servant, a young woman who must defend her inheritance, a conniving suitor and, front and center, Duchess Theodosia Pepperston, the finest blade anywhere!
The play also won the Todd McNerney National Playwriting Award, and was a semifinalist for the Judith Moyer Award for Excellence in Playwriting from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, a finalist for the Austin Playhouse New Plays Festival, a finalist for the 2018 Inkslinger Playwriting Competition and a semi-finalist for the Garry Marshall Theatre New Works Festival in Los Angeles.

The Lady Demands Satisfaction

Duchess Theodosia (Megan Schemmel -Right) demonstrates defensive techniques with Tilly the servant. (Ari Kraiman-Left) Photo by Steven Townshend.


The Lady Demands Satisfaction has closed it's Chicago run, with a JEFF Recommendation and a string of rave reviews.

It's still playing in Los Angeles, directed by Danielle Ozymandias at the Loft Ensemble Theatre through September 23rd. Loft Ensemble also staged an amazing production of Long Joan Silver last year

Rave reviews and a Jeff Award Recommendation!

The Babes With Blades production in Chicago was recommended by the JEFF Awards.

Emily Modaff of Hooligan Magazine wrote: "'The Lady Demands Satisfaction' is a fierce, feminist farce. It is a commentary on the inherent, yet consistently overlooked, power of womxn. It is queer as hell. This is a 2 hour soundscape of belly laughter, metal on metal, and whatever the sound of pure heckin joy is.
Review by Emily Modaff, Hooligan Magazine.

The Fourth Walsh said: "It’s a Jolly farce! In the mood for a summer escape in the city? THE LADY DEMANDS SATISFACTION is your frothy frolic destination."
Review by The Fourth Walsh.

Albert Williams in the Chicago Reader wrote: "... the show takes the conventions of classic comedy—cross-dressing and mistaken identity, witty repartee laced with puns and double entendres, slapstick violence, satirical commentary on gender and class divisions—and ramps them up with a nonbinary 21st-century perspective. The actors' performances are impressively athletic and exuberantly exaggerated, and the convoluted plot revels in its own improbability. Best of all, this production is genuinely family friendly, with multiple levels of humor designed to appeal to both kids and grownups."
Review by Albert Williams, Chicago Reader.

Harold Jaffe in Picture This Post wrote: "As the cover of the program says, The Lady Demands Satisfaction is 'a Jolly farce.' This phrasing is apt: not only was the play penned by Arthur M. Jolly, winning him Babes With Blades’ Joining Sword & Pen playwriting competition for the third time, it whistles gleefully along such that even the darkest moments have a lighthearted twist. In the words of Stephen Sondheim, it is 'something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone: a comedy tonight!'"
Review by Harold Jaffe, Picture This Post.

Sample Dialogue...

The Lady Demands Satisfaction Excerpt

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The Lady Demands Satisfaction