OnStage Playhouse Presents “The Drowning Girls”: A Story of Misogyny and Murder

Emily Candia as Alice


by Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson, Daniela Vlaskalic

Chula Vista, CA (August 9, 2021) OnStage Playhouse begins its 2021-2022 season on September 3rd with The Drowning Girls by Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson, Daniela Vlaskalic. 

This 2008 prize-winning, Canadian play combines fact and fantasia in re-creating the “Brides in the Bath Murders” committed between 1912 and 1914.  A ghost story about three British women who, all murdered by the same man in the early years of the last century, were considered–and considered themselves–insubstantial. Insubstantial, that is, until their murderer charmed them into marriage, thereby making them, as one of the trios says, “a useful member of society.”

Grim and disquietingly funny, The Drowning Girls is as much a cypher for women’s plight in our own day as it is a look back to an era when many women were dependent on men for everything from money to social standing. It was a situation ripe for abuse–physical, emotional, economic, social. That such varied forms of violence against women still exist is the play’s unspoken message

Surfacing from the bathtubs they were drowned in, the three breathless brides gather evidence against their womanizing, murderous husband by reliving the shocking events leading up to their deaths. Reflecting on the misconceptions of love, married life, and the not-so-happily ever after, The Drowning Girls is both a breathtaking social critique, full of rich images, a myriad of characters, and lyrical language.

Drowning Girls is directed by James P. Darvas and features Emily Candia as Alice, Carla Navarro as Bessie, and Sandra Ruiz as Margaret.

Sandra Ruiz as Margaret
Carla Navarro as Bessie and Emily Candia as Alice

This production is running for fifteen performances, over four weeks, at OnStage Playhouse located at 291 Third Avenue in the heart of Chula Vista’s historic downtown.

The show will run from September 3rd, 2021 through September 26th, 2021 with performances Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm.

Ticket Prices for Adults: $25, Sen./Mil./Stu.: $22, Group: $18 (10-19) /$15 (20+)

Tickets can be purchased at www.onstageplayhouse.org or at the door on the night of the performance.  *Open seating; doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain. Please contact us if you have special seating needs, so that we may accommodate you. Street parking and nearby lots are available. Mask wearing is voluntary but encouraged.