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Don’t Talk to Me Like I’m Your Wife ()

Produced by

Call Me Scotty Productions

Presented by

The SummerWorks Performance Festival

Playwright: Andrea Scott
Director: Andrew Lamb


The Theatre Centre – Franco Boni Theatre


August 4th, 2016 – August 14th, 2016


On October 15, 1917, famed femme fatale and exotic dancer Mata Hari was shot at dawn for spying. Is it possible that a woman’s sexual prowess caused the deaths of 50,000 Frenchmen, or is it more believable that a woman with sexual agency could be seen as a threat? Don’t Talk to Me Like I’m Your Wife looks back at a time when women were to be seen and not heard. Before the Suffragette movement and during the Great War, two women in Saint Lazare Prison – one Dutch and the other Afro-French – commiserate and fight over who deserves to be seen. Over 100 years later, the argument continues between a feminist male history professor and his student on the relevance of feminism, identity, and historical revisionism searching for heroes. When is slut shaming okay? Can a woman today disavow herself of feminism? And is it alright to get married and not put a ring on it? Sometimes you have to look back in order to move forward. (


David Christo Professor Chris Locke
Lisa Karen Cox Héléne Thibadault / Karen Sinclair
Jeff Lillico French Guard / Soldier
Kimwun Perehinec Mata Hari
Paula Wing Sister Leonide

Creative Team

Andrea Scott Playwright
Andrew Lamb Director
Michelle Ramsay Lighting Designer
Verne Good Sound Designer
Melanie McNeill Costume Designer
Melanie McNeill Set Designer


Farnoosh Talebpour Stage Manager
Klaus Kampert Program Cover Photo