Week of 1/27: Noteworthy News and Shows to See

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In DC, New Plays by Women to Take Center-Stage in 2015

The Washington Post writes about the initiative:

“Forty-four Washington theater companies announced Thursday that each will produce a world-premiere play by a female dramatist in the fall of 2015, one of the more audacious and ambitious responses by an American city to the gender gap in high-profile jobs in the arts.

The Women’s Voices Theatre Festival, encompassing virtually every large, midsize and fledgling theater company in and around the city, is being billed as a landmark event in the effort to put new plays by female playwrights onstage. Its organizers acknowledge that it won’t permanently rewrite the statistics showing that in this country, about four plays by men get produced professionally for every one by a woman.”

Pakistan Woman’s Rape Inspires Opera in NYC

The China Post reviews “Thumbprint”, the opera inspired by Mukhtar Mai:

“Inspired by the horrific gang rape of illiterate Pakistani woman Mukhtar Mai on orders of a village council, “Thumbprint” is a US$150,000 production currently having an eight-night run in a basement theater in Manhattan.

One of the most infamous sex crimes against women in South Asia, Mai’s 2002 rape, survival and metamorphosis into an international rights icon is as far removed from opera-house pomp as possible.”

Behind the Scenes of Goodman Theatre’s Great Women at Play Series

Stage Tube writes about the exciting series:

Goodman Theatre introduces a new subscription package for 2014, “Great Women at Play,” featuring works written and directed by a handful of the most popular female playwrights working in the American theater today. This special package for women-and men-includes five plays for the price of four, a complimentary visit to the exclusive Goodman Lounge and the opportunity to win a $100 gift certificate from the Goodman’s preferred restaurant partner, Petterino’s.”

How Can We Jumpstart the Struggle for Gender Equity?

Philip N. Cohen opines in the NYTimes:

“For several decades women’s success in the labor market was so breathtaking, so propulsive, that full gender equality seemed inevitable.

After two steps forward, we were unprepared for the abrupt slowdown on the road to gender equality. We can make sense of the current predicament, however — and gain a better sense of how to resume our forward motion — if we can grasp the forces that drove the change in the first place.”

Upcoming Meetup – YBCA’s Untitled Feminist Show

Our second meetup of 2014 is YBCA’s UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW, the latest experiment by Obie award-winning playwright and director Young Jean Lee, who has been called “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation” by The New York Times and “one of the best experimental playwrights in America” by Time Out New York. In UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW, six charismatic stars of New York City’s downtown theater, dance, cabaret, and burlesque worlds come together to create an exhilarating—and irreverent—celebration of a fluid and limitless sense of identity.

A blend of comic vignettes, contemporary dance sequences, and evocative video images, what inhabits the stage are a series of ideas echoed in the characteristics of the performers who are liberated from the constraints of pre-defined roles and are meant to resist categorization. With the absence of words (and clothes), the performance twists and turns in hilarious ways that both reveal and challenge the viewers’ assumptions about gender politics.

We hope to see you there!

Image courtesy: NYTimes 

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