Meetup #16: Untitled Feminist Show

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The WWSF Meetup group got together for a truly remarkable show by Obie award-winning playwright Young Jean Lee‘s UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW at the YBCA tonight. The show is Jean Lee’s latest experiment, who has been awarded the epithets “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.

UntitledFeministShow_byJulietaCervantes1-300x262A 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.

Robert Hurwitt of SFGate has called the show a “revelation”. In his review, he writes:

“Short, inventive, deliciously funny and blithely animated, “Feminist” is pretty much the Bay Area’s first look at the work of a woman who’s been making waves as one of New York’s most original experimental playwrights and directors.

“It starts as a ritual, with four of the performers moving in stately procession – accompanied by breathing in unison – down the aisles to the stage. It moves, in passages accompanied by loud music – rock, classical, heavy metal, strange tape loops – or silence, through varied group and solo scenes, including wordless a cappella songs and even silent standup comedy.”

If you were part of the Meetup or have plans to or have seen the show, do share your thoughts with us and give a standing ovation to all the fabulous women involved in the production.

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2 responses to “Meetup #16: Untitled Feminist Show

  1. For me, this show was a true highlight and I’m so glad to have seen it in the company of this group of women artists and womens art supporters. The fiercely present quality of all 6 performers was amazing, and the wordless (although not soundless) structure kept me constantly wondering about what might be next and I didn’t notice that 90 minutes had gone by. I am left with a great deal of joy about the human body and its potential for expression.

  2. My experience of this show was so varied – I found it hysterical, bold, profound, mundane – all part of Young Jean Lee’s plan I suspect. Her aim seems to be to disrupt our limited views of the female body and our culturally conditioned expectation that the female body’s job to “satisfy” us. At rock bottom, I think this play is incredibly radical, and as I watched 6 naked women dance, jiggle, gesture, and explode across the stage, their nakedness fell away, and instead I saw their incredible humanity, which is so much more meaningful than the shape of their flesh. I think this experience in the theater is going to become a touchstone for future work and for life! If Amelia Zirin-Brown (aka Lady Rizo) can stand nude onstage in front of 900 people miming imaginative sex acts with absolute confidence and complete control of the audience, what are the rest of us waiting for?!

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