Dirty Barbie and other girlhood tales

photo by Holly Cuba

In 1978, a mother, newly widowed, moved her family from the wide, open spaces of Wyoming to a tiny town in North Carolina.  Misbehaving ensued.  Over thirty years later, DeeDee Stewart began writing about her childhood – and her MOTHER.  Putting the “fun” back in “dysfunctional”, spinning tales on scarlet fever, scotch over ice and girls gone wild, this “all-American” girl takes you on an unforgettable ride through the 70s, 80s and 90s.

**** “Effortlessly honest and wonderfully cathartic…this is that rare play that many people can connect with, regardless of sex or nationality.”  

                                                         –Ciara Knowles, Three Weeks 

**** “Stewart is vibrant…reminiscent of a young Doris Day at times.”

–Alethia Stentiford,FringeReview.Com 

“Deeply poignant humour by an accomplished and endearing performer.”
–Yasmin Suliaman, Fest


“Poignant…intriguing…I congratulate Denise Stewart on writing such a touching play”

                                                                          — Ed Malin, NYTheatre.com

“Intriguing and successful….wonderfully funny.”  

                                                                           –David Roberts, Theatre Reviews, Ltd.

“It’s smart, funny, inventive and brilliantly performed.  One of the best one-woman show I’ve ever seen.  Maybe THE best.”                                                    —Jenny Hubbard, author, Paper Covers Rock


“Brilliantly written and performed…Stewart is fearless…the whole thing is raw and exposing, but so brilliantly spiced with hilarity that the audience is able to joyfully take the entire journey with Stewart without turning it into a pity-party.”

                                                                        –Mary Burruss, Cville Weekly

“Wildly funny, yet as outrageous as the humor sometimes is, the play is never inauthentic; every moment is earned and rings of truth.  The serious moments are never sentimental, but are quite moving, and the transitions from comedy to drama are seamless and sometimes amazing.”

                                                                            –Doug Grissom, Offstage Theatre

“Denise Stewart’s one-woman show, Dirty Barbie, is a tour de force. It is simultaneously hilarious, sad, reflective, and a walk through our own lives.  Only an extraordinarily talented actor can stand on stage alone with minimal props and hold an audience in its hands…Denise Stewart belongs to that very small and elite group.”                                                                                                                      

                                                                                –David Post, contributor, Salisbury Post

  “Stewart has done the hard work.  DeeDee Stewart is Dirty Barbie, another way of saying Every Girl.” 

                                                                               -D.D. Delauney, Thinking Dog Reviews


photo by Jen Fariello

 2017 Shows

March 23-25, 2017 IX Arts Park, Charlottesville, VA

2014 SHOWS
Jan. 18, 2014 Louisa Arts Center, Louisa, VA
Jan. 23-26, 2014 Asheville Fringe Festival, Asheville, VA
Feb. 21-23 Four County Players, Barboursville, VA
April 3-5, 10-12, Lee Street Theatre (The Sugar, my new full-length play…not a one-woman show)
July 9 — July 26, 2014, Shear Madness at Heritage Theatre Festival, Charlottesville, VA

2013 SHOWS/Workshops 

Feb. 2, Playwriting workshop, Lee Street Theatre, Salisbury, NC

 April 25, Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Conference, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, Newcombe Hall

June 25, Girls Guide to Living Well Workshop (for girls 10-14), 2-5pm at Jefferson Madison Regional Library…Downtown branch (FREE)

July 9, Girls’ Guide to Living Well Workshop (for girls 10-14), 2-5pm at Jefferson Madison Regional Library…Crozet branch (FREE)


2012 SHOWS

January 14-15, The Corner Store, Washington, DC

May 4-5, Looking Glass Collective, Salisbury, NC

June 20-23*, 2012, Live Arts, Charlottesville, VA (*the Sat., June 23 performance will be a special benefit performance with BRAND NEW, additional material and a reception)

July 10, 11, 12, 14, 59E59, New York, New York (all shows at 9 p.m.)

July 21-22, The Corner Store, Washington, DC 

August 2-27 — Edinburgh Festival FringeAssembly Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 

2011 SHOWS (thanks for the memories!)

March 23-26, Lee Street Theatre, Salisbury, NC

April 4-7, Hamner Theater, Charlottesville, VA

June 14-17, The Venue at 35th Street, Norfolk, VA

October 7, 2011 CLAW benefit
November 30 — December 11, 2011 Live Arts, Charlottesville, VA

Reviews and Quotes:


The Salisbury Post, April 26, 2012, “Dirty Barbie Retuns to Salisbury” by Katie Scarvey

The University of Virginia Magazine, Feb. 13, 2012Barbie Breaks Bad” by Caitlin Kindervatter-Clark 
Cville Weekly, Dec. 6, 2011 “Review: Dirty Barbie and other girlhood tales” by Mary Burruss

Psychology Today, The Psychology of Slow, “Dirty Barbie and Other Dreams” by Christine Louise Hohlbaum

Virginia Playwrights ForumDirty Barbie and Other Girlhood Tales 

The Lynchburg News & Advance, April 5, 2011, “Confessions of a Dirty Barbie” by Casey Gillis

C-ville Weekly, April 5, 2011, “Youth in Fast Forward” by Andrew Cedermark

The Salisbury Post, March 20, 2011 “Dirty Barbie and the Secrets Lives of Little Girls” by Katie Scarvey
C-ville Weekly, December 7, 2012, “Checking in with Denise Stewart