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The Lady Demands Satisfaction

A full length farce for 5f, 2m.
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, the actual Prussian fencing master who believes he is there to marry her, a stodgy lord, and her domineering aunt – the finest blade anywhere - to save her house and lands.

Runtime: 110 minutes

Period: 1756

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

Evan Sibley as Osric the Poet
Evan Sibley as the poet Osric in the Gulfshore Playhouse Production.
Photo by Edward Morris.

The play won
Premiered by
Babes With Blades Theatre Company
Chicago, IL.
DIRECTOR: Morgan Manasa
FIGHT DIRECTOR: Samantha Kaufman
Deanalís Resto (Trothe)
Kate Booth (Penelope)
Ari Kraiman (Tilly)
Felipe Carrasco (Osric)
Linsey Falls (Abernathy)
A. N. Forman (Luitger)
Megan Schemmel (Theodosia)
with Kim Fukawa, Jennifer Mohr, and Bobby Hoffman (understudies)
Samantha Barr (Production Manager)
Kayla Menz (Stage Manager)
Lauren Brady (Ass't Stage Manager)
Becca Venable (Technical Director/Sound)
Chas Mathieu (Set)
Carlie Casas (Costumes)
Stefanie Johnsen (Props)
Becs Bartle (Lighting)
Kenya Hall (Dramaturg)
Carrie Hardin (Dialect Coach)

About The Lady Demands Satisfaction

Farce, Full Length, 5f, 2m

The Gulfshore Playhouse Production of The Lady Demands Satisfaction

L to R: Rebecca Brinkley, Betsy Hogg, Emily Cramer, Paul Carlin, Tarah Flanagan, Amy Blackman.
The 2020 production at the Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, FL. Directed by Jeffrey Binder.
Photo by Edward T. Morris.

The Lady Demands Satisfaction was 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 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, the Region IV David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award (currently a finalist for the National David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award); and was a semifinalist for the Judith Royer 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, a finalist for the Centre Stage New Plays Festival in South Carolina, and a semi-finalist for the Garry Marshall Theatre New Works Festival in Los Angeles.

The Lady Demands Satisfaction

(L to R) Mattie Rose Davis as Trothe, Mary Hope Ballou as Theodosia, Abbi Perry as Luitger, K'yundra Martin as Penelope and Alex Gilbert as Lord Abernathy.
The 2019 production at the College of Charleston. Directed by Todd McNerney.
Photo by David Mandel.

The Lady Demands Satisfaction at the Gulfshore Playhouse!

The Lady Demands Satisfaction closed early due to the national emergency. I would like to thank everyone at the Gulfshore Playhousefor a beautiful, hysterical production - and for their wise, considered decision to keep the community of Naples a little safer by ending the run early.

Gulfshore Playhouse


I am thrilled to announce that The Lady Demands Satisfaction won the Region IV David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award, and will now be a finalist for the KCACTF National David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award. Fingers crossed!

David M Cohen Award

Rave reviews and a JEFF Recommendation!

The Babes With Blades production in Chicago was recommended by the JEFF Awards, and Samantha Kaufman was nominated for a JEFF Award for her fight choreography.

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

Babes With Blades

Tarah Flanagan and Emily Cramer at the Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, FL.
Photo by Edward T. Morris.

Babes With Blades

The Los Angeles Production at teh Loft Ensemble Theatre, directed by Danielle Ozymandias.

Wordsmyth Reading  Piccolo Spoleto Festival  Loft Ensemble
The Lady Demands Satisfaction