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Wife Material

By Jamie Shriner Tells Stories

Created by Jamie Shriner

Jamie Shriner eloped in January 2017, and life has been bliss ever since. But was it always? In Wife Material, Shriner shares her own "coming of age" story; how she learned to love sex, her husband, and herself
Adult language,Sexual content,Violence
The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16 and up
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Book, Music, Lyrics & Performance by Jamie Shriner
Directed by Stefan Brün
Musical Arrangements by Shelbi Albert and Jake Diggity of PET ENVY

Jamie Shriner eloped in January 2017, and her life has been sheer bliss ever since. Or has it? In Wife Material, Shriner examines female sexuality, loneliness, love, dating, and consent with unapologetic honesty. Is it acceptable for a married woman to be sex-positive? Wife Material is an hour-long musical comedy, featuring songs like “F***boi,” “Let’s Screw,” and “Love Myself.” The show examines a society that criticizes teenage “bad girls” for liking sex; and at the same time, hypocritically assumes married women’s sexual needs are perfectly satiated.


Wife Material is a show and a type of theatre that we desperately need more of." - PerformInk

While this is by no means new territory, the intimate, autobiographical lens through which Shriner explores these issues is captivating. " -Chicago Reader


★★★★ " -Chicago Reader


“In November 2016, one day before the Presidential election, I moved back into my parents’ house in Northwest Indiana after a year and a half of living in the UK with my fiancée (now husband) Tom,” said Shriner. “I struggled with the lack of physical contact and came to terms with the reality that while I, a woman, am sexual, many do not welcome me admitting that I like, let alone LOVE sex,” she added.
“Wife Material began based upon my inner turmoil about being newly married, and not feeling newly married,” said Shriner. “My husband was thousands of miles away, but everyone expected me to be perfect and eternally happy. It was very isolating. I didn’t feel like I could talk about what internal struggle I was going through, so I wrote about it. The emphasis is truly more on the word MATERIAL – on what I as an individual am made of, the events that led to my engagement/marriage, as well as the str
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