Department of Performing Arts presents Winter Play ‘Inferior Sex’

Each performance of the musical will take place at Roberts Studio Theatre at Scott Studies at Arts West.

The Department of Performing Arts presents its Winter Play, “The Inferior Sex” by Jacqueline E. Lawton for an eight-show run from Friday, Jan. 20 through Sunday, Jan. 22 and Tuesday, Jan. 31 through Saturday, Feb. 4 at Roberts Studio Theatre at Scott Studies at Arts West. Directed by Sarah Hankins, adjunct assistant professor of performing arts, the play takes place in the summer of 1972 as the battle to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment is ramping up across the nation.

Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm is campaigning for president. And in midtown Manhattan, a group of women have created a magazine “for feminists who love fashion.” As the war in Vietnam intensifies and the Watergate scandal erupts, the charged political and social climate challenges friendships and the future of the magazine itself. Poignant and hilarious, “The Inferior Sex” looks at finding your politics, your community and your voice in an ever-changing world.

Content warning: The Inferior Sex is set in a women’s magazine in 1972. The women discuss issues of sexism, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexuality, racism, microaggressions and systemic racism.


  • Friday, January 20th, at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, January 21st, at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, January 22nd, at 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday, January 31st, at 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday, February 1st, at 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, February 2nd, at 7:30 pm
  • Friday, February 3rd, at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, February 4th, at 2:00 pm

The play is free to students, staff and faculty with a Phoenix Card; $15 for general public. Reservations may be made at