The Pecking Order is a live performance event born out of grief and disbelief after the 2022 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The piece is inspired by the wife and daughters of the supreme court judge who penned the original opinion, Justice Harry Blackmun.
He was married with three daughters, one of which became pregnant out of wedlock and dropped out of college at 19. This 70s-inspired tragicomedy imagines a make-believe version of what their dinner table conversations might have been like, and highlights the absurdity of women's rights being thrust back in time. In a typically unpredictable Paper Dolls fashion, The Pecking Order asks provocative questions about unplanned pregnancy, family dynamics, and women's rights.