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The State of Things

What Every Girl Should Know

Monica Byrne's What Every Girl Should Know

Playwright Monica Byrne's latest work tackles the Catholic Church, Margaret Sanger and women’s rights through the story of a group of adolescents learning about their bodies and the world. It's called "What Every Girl Should Know," and it takes place in a Catholic Reformatory where four girls worship Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, and create fantasy lives inspired by her example. Things take a turn when tragedy strikes and tears apart the girls' make-believe world.

Host Frank Stasio talks to Byrne about her new production and how her experience as a Catholic influenced her writing.

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