WellBless by Debra Thomas & Ella Roth Barton
Wellness guru, Juniper, is hosting a conference with her fitness-obsessed sister, Ava. With sold-out sessions offering everything from clean eating, Polga™ (yoga-styled pole dancing) and crystal healing, and millions of Instagram followers flocking to see them, the sisters look set to take their brand WellBless – wellness when you are #blessed – to entirely new heights.
But when Instafamous cancer-patient Maha – who has rejected traditional treatments to follow Juniper’s wellness program – dies onsite, Juniper’s empire looks set to unravel. With the discovery of Maha’s body meaning the end of their incoming millions, the sisters work together with their panel of ‘experts’ to concoct a story about Maha’s complicity in her own death by choosing the path of chemotherapy and filling her body with ‘toxins’.
With journalist Mindy Flores asking all the questions Juniper should be asking about her own program, the sisters must work quickly to hide the truth. This darkly satirical comedy examines the parasitic world of wellness, a trillion dollar industry that preys on vulnerable women.
Written by: DEBRA THOMAS & ELLA ROTH BARTON
Directed by: KELLIE TORI
Dramaturg: SAFFRON BENNER
Sound Designer: JAMES COLE
Lighting Designer: CAMILLE BORTZ
Set Designer: KELLIE TORI
Costume Designers: DEBRA THOMAS & ELLA ROTH BARTON
Costume Construction: LAURA DE LONGH
Prop Designer: BRYNNA LOWEN
Set Builders: RALPH ALEXANDER AND LUKE LENNOX
Photographer: LUKE LENNOX
ELLA ROTH BARTON, DEBRA THOMAS, JESSICA HACKETT, JOSEPH LAI, ANDREA MENDEZ, LAUREN STEINER
DURATION: 90 Min
WARNINGS + SUITABILITY: 15+
Adult Themes, Coarse Language, Sex Scenes, Partial Nudity, Haze Effects, Simulated Violence, Drug Use
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