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Peppermint Creek’s feminine spin on “Lord of the Flies”

Lord of the Flies cast photo
Anna Szabo
Peppermint Creek Theatre Company
The cast of Peppermint Creek Theatre Company's "Lord of the Flies"

Lansing’s Peppermint Creek Theatre Company is staging a unique production of “Lord of the Flies,” the story of abandoned boys who turn on each other when stranded by a plane crash. The cast is all female. We talk about what that means to the William Golding classic.

Just about everyone has been assigned to read William Golding’s novel “Lord of the Flies” at some point during their school days. A group of British schoolboys is stranded on an island when their plane crashes during wartime. Left on their own, the boys create their own version of civilization which, of course, descends into chaos and violence.

But what if “Lord of the Flies” was the story of a group of girls, not boys? That question is being explored this week and next by Lansing’s Peppermint Creek Theatre Company. They’re staging a production of “Lord of the Flies” with an all-female cast.

Current State talks with stage manager Anna Szabo and Meghan Malusek, the actress playing Jack in this production.

Scott Pohl is a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews. He is also an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."
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