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An exploration of Fact, Fiction & Magic in  the 2016 US Election

The 2016 US presidential election was forecast to be a coronation that smashed the glass ceiling - but a chasm emerged between expectation and reality. America shocked the world electing its 45th male president. It seemed a circus, a tragedy, magic…


Making its world premier at the 2017 Vancouver Fringe, this thought-provoking play from award-winning Australian artist Ali Kennedy Scott, takes a revelatory look behind the 2016 election.


Drawing from interviews with psychologists, scientists, and voters from both sides of the aisle, Just Not That Woman examines the forces at play from an array of perspectives. Using verbatim text, interview-inspired characters, magic & multi-media, this new solo work investigates the tricks and tactics used by campaigners and entertainers, as well as the implicit biases lurking inside us all.


Just Not That Woman unpacks one of the greatest shows on earth, and illuminates factors that contributed to its surprising twist.


Writer & performer

ALI KENNEDY SCOTT is an Australian actor, writer and theatre-maker based in NYC. She is the writer/performer of multi-award winning solo work, THE DAY THE SKY TURNED BLACK  (Called "Enthralling" by the New York Times). Other favorite credits include Prince of Darkness in CALDERON’S TWO DREAMS (La MaMa), Gertrude Stein in A SERIOUS BANQUET (NYTW), Blanche in THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND (Darlinghurst Theatre), "DREAM PLAYS – IT ENDED", working alongside David Greig (Traverse Edinburgh), and AUSSIES FOR HILLARY (published by the Huffington Post). Training: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School & SITI Company Conservatory



SARA HOLDREN is a director, teacher, and Artistic Director/co-founder of the theater company Tiltyard, as well as Theater Critic for New York Magazine and She likes to tell big stories, specializing in re-imagined classics and epic, spectacular tales - new and old. Recent projects include MIDSUMMER (which she co-adapted from the plays of Shakespeare) with Tiltyard. She served as Artistic Director of the 2015 Yale Summer Cabaret and is a 2016 Drama League Fellow. Coming soon: A COMEDY OF ERRORS with the A Little Shakes program at Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey.  (BA, Yale University. MFA, Yale School of Drama.)

Magic Consultant

BRETT SCHNEIDER is an actor, magician, and illusion designer for theatre, TV, and film. His magic has appeared on ABC, USA, and FOX, and onstage at Roundabout Theatre Company, The Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and many others. Brett is a regular performer at the Chicago Magic Lounge and the Magic Castle in Hollywood, California.


Lighting Design

CAITLIN SMITH RAPOPORT is a NY-based lighting designer for theater, dance, opera, and installation. Recent projects include work at REDCAT, Yale Repertory Theatre, Theater Squared, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Ars Nova, The Wild Project, Stonybrook Opera, and on tour with Wakka Wakka Theater’s MADE IN CHINA. (BA University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MFA Yale School of Drama.)


Sound Design
PORNCHANOK KANCHANABANCA [NOK] is a sound designer composer whose recent projects include composed original music and sound design for CYMBELINE (Yale Rep) and RED DEMON (Tokyo Metropolitan). She received her MFA in Sound Design from Yale School of Drama.


Projection Designer

MICHAEL COMMENDATORE is a projection designer from Rhode Island, and a recent graduate of Yale School of Drama. Before attending graduate school, Michael blended his love for film and theater by projection designing for The Gamm Theatre and The Wilbury Group. Since graduating in May, Michael has worked with Wichita Music Theatre and on the New York City premiere of PIPELINE (dir. Lileana Blain-Cruz) at The Lincoln Center Theater. Michael currently resides in Chicago. 



MARTHA WADE STEKETEE is a NYC dramaturg, critic, researcher, and current Drama Desk nominator. She works with playwrights, reviews scripts, researchers projects in development, and serves on the boards of American Theatre Critics Association, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and League of Professional Theatre Women. Her site focuses on live performance and film.

Graphic Design (poster)


Media Contact:

Gwen Kallio, Sisu Productions

604-215-2345 | 778-245-4936


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