In ancient times, tribal women went alone to caves during menopause. Today, the 50 million menopausal women in America turn to cheery self-help books. As for Loh and her female friends, they are determined not to go quietly into their sixth decade, but instead opt for a desert festival of debauchery and half-nude stoners.
Based on her acclaimed memoir of the same title that Booklist calls “hilarious, comforting and enlightening” and was one of the New York Times’s 100 Notable Books of 2014, Loh’s play is a hilarious, provocative, often moving consideration of what it is to be a woman in a society that values and reveres youth.
The Madwoman in the Volvo received its world premiere on 3 January 2016 at South Coast Repertory, California, and subsequently opened at the Pasadena Playhouse and Berkeley Repertory Theatre later that year.