Jamie Shriner eloped in January 2017, and her life has been sheer bliss ever since. Or has it? In Wife Material, a one-woman show starring Jamie Shriner as herself, a 25-year-old actress examines female sexuality, loneliness, love, dating, and consent with unapologetic honesty. Is it acceptable for a young married woman to admit she enjoys sex? Wife Material is an hour-long musical comedy that "dares to go where you'd never go," featuring songs like "F***boi," "Let's Screw," and "Love Myself." The show examines a society that criticizes teenage “bad girls” for liking sex; and at the same time, hypocritically assumes married women’s sexual needs are perfectly satiated.
Wife Material showcases 10 songs written and composed by Shriner. The show is directed by Prop Thtr Artistic DirectorStefan Brün, with choreography by Ben F. Locke, technical direction by Marlana Carlson, and musical arrangements byShelbi Albert and Jake Diggity of the Nashville pop band Pet Envy.
“In November 2016, one day before the Presidential election, I moved back into my parents’ house in Northwest Indiana after a year and a half of living in the UK with my fiancée (now husband) Tom,” said Shriner. “I struggled with the lack of physical contact and came to terms with the reality that while I, a woman, am sexual, many do no welcome me admitting that I like, let alone LOVE sex,” she added.
“Wife Material holds up a mirror and forces us to look at how girls are brought up in the US. The audience gets to laugh, but not before they think, and ultimately leave the theater to DO SOMETHING,” said Shriner.”
Book, Music, Lyrics & Performance by Jamie Shriner
Directed by Stefan Brün
Choreographed by Ben F. Locke
Technical Direction by Marlana Carlson
Musical Arrangements by Shelbi Albert and Jake Diggity
Dec. 2 & 9 at 8 pm
Dec. 3 & 10 at 3 pm
All tickets are $15
About Jamie Shriner
Jamie Shriner is a Chicago-based writer, actress, singer, and teaching artist. Shriner has performed for the BBC and played Judy in the hit musical 9 to 5 at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The sold-out run of her original cabaret, Little Miss (a show about loving food and loving your body), earned critical acclaim during its 2016 run at Sloans’s Bar in Glasgow, Scotland. Recent credits include Little Miss (Davenport’s Piano Bar), The Last Days of the Commune (Prop Thtr), The Night that Disco Died (Under the Gun Theatre) and On Loss (Prop Thtr). She holds an MA in Musical Theatre from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and earned her BFA in Musical Theatre at Milikin University.