TAMUCC hit the feminist bullseye with its 2023 seed project “The Pliant Girls”


A photo of the productions digital program. Photo courtesy of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Dante Ortiz, Reporter

“The Pliant Girls” made its way to Texas A&M Corpus Christi’s  (TAMU-CC) Department of Theatre and Dance, transporting the audience to another universe with its cast and crew’s deeply emotionally compelling performance. 

       The production follows 50 blood-stained brides on the run, searching for help after murdering their arranged husbands-to-be the night of the wedding. However, no one is willing to take the ladies in. The production focuses on five of the sisters, Courtney, Leta, Philomena, Arianna, and Kay, who each retell different pieces of the story from their perspectives piecing together the reasons behind their actions.

       TAMU-CC’s production of “The Pliant Girls,” directed by Harper Lee opened on March 31. Starring Sarah Garcia as Courtney, a smart, self-assured tigress who is chosen by Marcus, played by Elijah Galvin, a man with an ego as big as his bank account that gives him the false belief that he can tame her. 

       Ericca Mahaffey as Leta, the humorous, light-hearted sister who doesn’t take herself too seriously, is chosen by the incoherent drunk Alexander, played by Ben Domingue. Megan Bain as Philomena, the sister whose look matches her success as a businesswoman chosen by the happy-go-lucky Kem, played by Isaac Empson with Kevin Garcia as The Father. 

        Brooklin Alexander as Arianna, the shy, anxiety-stricken youngest sister of the bunch, chosen by Jaxon Mabry as Dean, the aggressive silent type with a darkside. Nex Richards as Kay, a strong-willed, outspoken rebel who doubles as a beard for her suitor Joshua Sneed as Claude, who is forced to keep his homosexuality a secret from his family. 

       The production is a part of the seed project, a TAMUCC sponsored student produced that hits the stage once a year with the goal of planting seeds of growth in the minds of audience members through the performance. 

       “The Pliant Girls” is written by women playwrights for women actors to shine light on how patriarchal societal expectations of women ultimately have a negative affect on society as a whole.

       The doors opened at 7:00 p.m with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. The play had a  95 minute run time with no intermission but kept the audience’s full attention throughout. The tickets were $12 for general admission and $10 for students, seniors, and military members. The play ran from March 31. to April 1.