New Steppenwolf Play Exposes Societal Barriers To Power For Black Women

The virtual production “Duchess! Duchess! Duchess!” is broadly based on the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle’s time at Windsor, highlighting the limitations of inclusion.

New Steppenwolf Play Exposes Societal Barriers To Power For Black Women
Sydney Charles and Steppenwolf ensemble member Celeste M. Cooper in Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s latest virtual show "Duchess! Duchess! Duchess!" Lowell Thomas / Courtesy of Steppenwolf Theatre Company
New Steppenwolf Play Exposes Societal Barriers To Power For Black Women
Sydney Charles and Steppenwolf ensemble member Celeste M. Cooper in Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s latest virtual show "Duchess! Duchess! Duchess!" Lowell Thomas / Courtesy of Steppenwolf Theatre Company

New Steppenwolf Play Exposes Societal Barriers To Power For Black Women

The virtual production “Duchess! Duchess! Duchess!” is broadly based on the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle’s time at Windsor, highlighting the limitations of inclusion.

The Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s latest virtual show Duchess! Duchess! Duchess! explores how institutions of power impact Black women, particularly when those institutions were not built for them to succeed. The play is loosely inspired by the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle’s experience with the British royal family.

Reset hears from the production’s playwright and director on the vision behind the project and what they hope to accomplish with the show.

GUESTS: Vivian J.O. Barnes, playwright

Weyni Mengesha, artistic director of Soulpepper Theatre Company