Cat Miller

The Handmaid’s Tale

By Margaret Atwood

Adapted & Directed by Cat Miller

Set & Costume Design by Jeremy Floyd
Lighting Design by Michael Stanfill
Sound Design by Craig Kaufman
Original Music Composed by Sarah Curzi

MFA Thesis Production Barber Theater, Northwestern University, March 2010

What happens when the revolution is over? Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale is the story of one woman's life in the Republic of Gilead, an authoritarian regime in what was, until recently, the United States of America. Offred is a handmaid, one of the few remaining fertile women, given to a wealthy and powerful couple to bear “their” children. As weeks stretch into months and this strange new world becomes the norm, Offred must turn to us: to preserve the life she knew, to hold fast to her dreams of escape and to face her own complicity.