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Performances of ‘The Handbook’ continue this weekend

  • ‘The Handbook’ poster


Haley Aichholzer

November 05, 2019

Join us for the world premiere of the 11th installment in Carthage’s New Play Initiative, “The Handbook,” written by Laura Schellhardt and directed by Professor Neil Kristian Scharnick. The world-premiere performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1 in the Wartburg Theatre in the David A. Straz, Jr. Center. Performances will continue through the weekend at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, and again at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7-9.

“The Handbook” explores the true events surrounding the dismissal of New Orleans Saints cheerleader Bailey Davis. The production is based on lawsuits that the NFL cheerleaders brought against their teams in 2018. The cheerleaders face discrimination and sexism, constantly having to follow rules that do not apply to male athletes, such as being forced to participate in demoralizing physical examinations. The play follows members of the fictional Flames NFL cheerleading team to reveal and expose the discrimination and objectification in the sport. Through the constant difficulties the women face, they rely on their sisterhood and friendship to support each other and fight through injustice.

Laura Schellhardt has staged plays in several states across the country including New York, Washington, Florida, and Illinois. She has produced several original works such as “The Apothecary’s Daughter,” “How to Remove Blood From a Carpet,” and “The K of D,” which was a Jeff Award Nominee. Schellhardt was a recipient of the TCG National Playwriting Residency, the Jerome Fellowship, the New Play Award from ACT in Seattle, and a Dramatist Guild Playwriting Fellowship. “The Handbook” is another one of Schellhardt’s masterpiece productions that brings awareness to the injustices in women’s sports and beyond.


  • Adults $14
  • Seniors (55+) $10
  • Students* $8

To purchase tickets, please visit 24/7 or call the Fine Arts Box Office 262-551-6661 Tuesday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m.

*Carthage students, faculty, and staff receive complimentary ticket(s) for this event. Please visit for ticket information and policies, or contact the Fine Arts Box Office with any additional questions. All complimentary ticket reservations must be redeemed in-person with a Carthage photo I.D. at the Box Office. Email or phone reservations will not be accepted.


Carthage Fine Arts


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