Filling Basins

The First Dramat Fall Ex

by A.K. Payne

Filling Basins

A choral piece of deep ensemble relation, Filling Basins is set in the 1881 story on the Wash Women Strike in Atlanta. Seven women tell their stories collectively and in small vignettes, bringing to life themes of camaraderie, womanhood, the Jim Crow south, and the will to fight back in the face of violently stratified institutions and conditions.

Their lives begin to unfold as one woman remembers the lynching of her mother or as others recall aggressive encounters with the white folk for whom they work—those who refuse sufficient pay. Together, they form the Washing Society and solicit both black and white women to fight alongside them to increase pay. A relentless revolution begins in a living room and takes over a city. Along the way, the women reckon with what it means to have a body, to love their bodies in the face of exploitation—becoming whole, making joy out of the iron pot of life. There is a price to be paid for one’s future, for one’s children, and these women stop at nothing to make room for those that will come after them.

Performance Dates & Times

October 4, 2018 - 8:00pm

October 5, 2018 - 8:00pm

October 6, 2018 - 2:00pm

October 6, 2018 - 8:00pm


Yale Repertory Theatre


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Production Team

Stage Manager
Lighting Designer
Costume Designer
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Brandon Chambers