FREE PLAY READING: “Occupation” by Merri Biechler

Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble presents a FREE PLAY READING:


written by Merri Biechler

directed by Brian Evans

with Janice Paxson Evans, Rachel Gaunce, Zenzi Mda, Rebecca VerNooy, and lorraine wochna

live music by Tom Berich

FREE – no reservations necessary 


8pm on Saturday, January 20, 2018

2pm on Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Virginia Hahne Theater

Kantner Hall, Ohio University, 7 S. College Street, Athens, OH 45701


It’s America. Almost now. 

An underground movement of young women calling themselves Civilians are strapping bombs to their backs and blowing up Government Officials. Bombs are the new black. Someone has to bury what’s left of the dead. Someone has to stand up for the Government Officials. And someone has to tattoo the girl’s identity to her foot before she makes her delivery. In this new world, five women persist in finding hope in their new role as survivors.


“What appears cryptic at first will be made clear by the end of the play and when all those pieces align, the resulting picture is one that will make you think long and hard about the consequences of our actions today. OCCUPATION’s message packs a powerful punch.”

–Ellen Dostal, Broadway World dot com

“OCCUPATION will haunt you. While we go about our daily business determined not to believe that the world as we have known it is coming to an end, there is a still small voice within us that ask, ‘but what if…'”

–Hollywood Fringe Reporter Susan Lowry

“It is a wonderful reminder that all you really need is an empty space along with good writing to tell a powerful story.”

–Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative