In the Caryl Churchill play Top Girls
, five historical and fictional ladies get together for dinner. If you had the opportunity to invite women out of history, whom would you ask? asks Phil Robb, who directs a production in Canton this weekend. These are women who were feminists of their time. Breaking bread are Lady Nijo, a Buddhist nun from 14th-century Japan; Flemish peasant Dull Gret, who led an army of women to hell in a 16th-century painting; Patient Griselda, a character in The Canterbury Tales; 19th-century British adventurer Isabella Bird; and Pope Joan, a cross-dressing pontiff from the ninth century. Its about what women have to do to get ahead in society, says Robb.
April 20-21, 8 p.m.; Sun., April 22, 2:30 p.m.