by Allison Gregory
directed by Hayley Finn
presented as part of the National New Play Network Virtual Annual Conference
Meet Peggy Shipman: young, bright, socially prominent, politically ambivalent.
At eighteen she becomes Mrs. Benedict Arnold. But wait—is she a knowing partner in her infamous husband’s treason? Is she playing a conniving role in his outrageous attempt to destroy a country fighting for its independence? Or is she a naïve spouse, betrayed along with George Washington and the rest of America? And how does she get her hair so high?
A comedy about treason, The Loyals is a gripping look at patriotism during the American Revolution. These are complicated times, those were complicated times; if history is the lens through which we view the present, should we be worried yet?