Lisa Karen Cox & Kimwun Perehinec. Photo: Cylla von Tiedemann

Don’t Talk to Me Like I’m Your Wife

By Andrea Scott

Don’t Talk to Me Like I’m Your Wife is a play set in 1917 and 2016 about the last 12 hours of alleged spy Mata Hari’s life before she was executed by the French for espionage.We see Mata Hari 12 hours before her execution and then jump to a lecture room in a university where a professor deconstructs the myth of the notorious alleged WW1 spy while sparring with a student who refuses to accept his opinion of the woman. Alternately about slut shaming, cultural appropriation, racism and differing opinions on what it means to be a feminist, Don’t Talk to Me Like I’m Your Wife leaves you with more questions than answers.

"If you’re interested in a nuanced discussion of modern feminism, its approach to history and the importance of intersectionality not to mention a well acted and written play, this is very much a play for you."

Mooney on TheatreVance Brews

"Writer Andrea Scott’s Don’t Talk to me Like I’m Your Wife is ostensibly about alleged WW1 spy Mata Hari but it’s also… dense and intellectual, and manages to present a remarkably well-rounded summary without betraying a strong bias towards any single argument or point of view. It’s the kind of artful and pointed ambiguity that practically demands post-show discussion among audience members."


"No one is as they seem; and each character challenges our biases and preconceived notions of their social roles and life experiences. This is a play that will make you think about, as well as question, what you believe about gender, race, white privilege, inclusion, economics and power."

Life with More CowbellCate McKim

Production Details

1 white Male

2 white Females

1 black woman

90 minutes (no intermission)

By Andrea Scott

Production History

 Premiered at SummerWorks 2016. The Production was directed by Andrew Lamb, stage managed by Farnoosh Talebpour and starred Lisa Karen Cox, Kimwun Perehinec, Paula Wing, Jeff Lillico and David Christo

Poster image: Klaus Kampert

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