ABOUT THE PLAY
The perfect murder victim, according to 16-year-old serial killer expert Maxine, is skinny, sexy-but-not-slutty, and white. Claudia fits the bill. Alberta does not. But both women end up missing on an isolated highway in British Columbia. As Maxine sets out to uncover the truth for her podcast (“Pray You Slay Me”), she stumbles into a world more dangerous and bizarre than she could ever imagine. Gutting makes a wild, bold collage of true stories and fiction to investigate the media’s sexualization of violence, feminist relationships to victimhood, and the simmering anger present in so many young men today.
ABOUT THE PROCESS
About the Creators
Joanna Garner is a playwright and musician based in Seattle, Washington. Her work has been developed nationally and internationally, including at the Banff Playwrights Colony, Tofte Lake Arts Center, the NEWvember New Plays Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, On the Boards, groundswell playwrights conference, Annex Theatre, Capitol Hill Arts Center, Live Girls! Theater, 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival, ZACH Theatre, and the New York and Hollywood fringe festivals. Her country musical, 100 Heartbreaks, was workshopped in Seattle Rep’s New Play Program, with the Northwest Playwrights Alliance, and was presented at the country’s largest arts and culture festival, Bumbershoot. It premiered at the Sahara Lounge in Austin where it was nominated for an Austin Critics’ Table Award for Outstanding Musical and two B. Iden Payne Awards, including Best Original Score. Joanna was a finalist for the 2016 Jerome Fellowship.
Her diverse body of work makes spontaneous communities of play-goers, particularly in non-traditional spaces, often through immersive experiences involving music and/or food. Her plays include a theatrical dinner exploring food and sex (Please Open Your Mouth), a light-and-sound-based performance for the very young (Fireflies), and a two-character drama about a young dominatrix and an elementary school teacher (Knotted). Her political drama about Iran, The Orange Garden, was a winner of the 2016 Keene Prize for Literature and received an honorable mention on the 2016 Kilroys List. Her short play about falling in love with lightning, Charged, was published in the November 2015 issue of Bare Fiction Magazine and another short play, Cat Cafe, was a finalist for this year’s Humana Festival of New Plays Heideman Award. She has an MFA in Playwriting from The University of Texas at Austin.