5. See A Handmaid’s Tale the Musical
New York based comedians Marcia Belsky and Melissa Stokoski have taken Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, and Hulu’s award winning series, A Handmaid’s Tale and turned into a musical parody. The play, which opened to sold out audiences at Union Hall in January and will be performed at The Bell House this month, is set in 2027 Brooklyn and “depicts modern millennials in a dystopian near future and the perils they endure.”
Stokoski and Belsky call the genre of their adaptation “dystopian camp.” The two writers also star in the play, Belsky as Offred (Elisabeth Moss’s character in the show) and Stokoski as Ofglen (Alexis Bledel). By setting the story in a recognizable place with familiar circumstances and characters, and by adding a happy ending, Stokoski and Belsky make A Handmaid’s Tale lighter and more cathartic than the book and series. Showtime is March 8 at 8p.m. Tickets can be purchased here or at the door.