THE STORY: Kyeoung has spent her entire life negotiating the double standards imposed on her as an Asian-American woman. Bullied by boys in childhood, ostracized by girls as a teen, and gas-lit by men as an adult, her experiences with sexuality grow more and more challenging. As we trace Kyeoung from the insecurity of puberty to the disenchantment of her adult life, USUAL GIRLS chronicles the wonder, pain, and complexity of growing up female.
“USUAL GIRLS is exciting to watch. With hilarity and grimness, it connects the dots between pleasure, pain and shame.” —The New York Times. “…delivers multiple punches to the gut…Although it includes many darkly humorous moments…USUAL GIRLS is a primal scream of a play that wants to make you squirm, and it succeeds.” —Time Out New York. “Peiffer’s play explores female sexuality without attaching it to a love story. It’s a gutsy, vulnerable piece of writing and part of what feels like an immensely heartening wave of intelligent, compassionate, unafraid-to-get-ugly plays…[USUAL GIRLS] remains clear-eyed and forceful, and it shines a neon light on how much of growing up, for usual girls, is a process of unlearning.” —New York Magazine. “USUAL GIRLS is certainly not a comfortable evening in the theater, but it’s never less than thought-provoking.” —Hollywood Reporter.