Week of 2/10: Noteworthy News and Shows to See

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NYTimes Op-Ed: The Gender Pay Gap

“A 2012 study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research found that, while the pay gap varied by occupation, ‘Women’s median earnings are lower than men’s in nearly all occupations, whether they work in occupations predominantly done by women, occupations predominantly done by men, or occupations with a more even mix of men and women.'”

Author Charles M. Blow does not “see this as a women’s issue, but a societal issue and a moral one.”

Small Theater Makes Large Impact on the Live Stage

“Tucked between a tanning salon and a health services center in Rolando lies the home of a small theater company working to shatter gender stereotypes through their work. Bringing underrepresented female playwright productions to the stage, the woman-driven MOXIE Theatre aims to change the way people think about female characters, in not just theater but literature.

“Since taking residence in its intimate, 132-seat theater on the north edge of San Diego’s Rolando neighborhood in 2009, the MOXIE Theatre has produced numerous plays through its mission to create more diverse and honest images of women.”

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Trio of Actresses Set the Bar High for 2014

“The big wave of winter theater openings, many of which took place in subzero temperatures, is in a brief lull. The pace picks up again next week, but enough has come down to merit an update. This has been an especially notable couple of weeks for remarkable work by women of the Chicago theater.”

Chris Jones lists why Kate Fry, Mary Beth Fisher and Amy J. Carle of Chicago theater set the bar high for this year.

Women the Driving Force in ‘Our Town’

“Casting a woman as the stage manager is just one of the reasons females are a formidable force in The District Theatre’s ‘Our Town.’ And while the male cast members perform capably, it’s the work of the women that leaves the greatest impression in ‘Our Town.'”

Shows to See

A History of the Body

A HISTORY OF THE BODY is a multidisciplinary piece fusing dance, theater, poetry and visual art to explore the impacts of colonization and the media on the body. In its story of two women former friends with divergent ambitions and body politics – the work examines the modern-day attitudes towards lighter skin tone for Filipina women and women of color, the global rise in cosmetic whitening product use, as well as the historical events and stereotypes perpetuated at the turn of the century: specifically the portrayal of Filipinos as ‘dark’ savages during the display of Filipinos at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.”

By Aimee Suzara
Staged reading directed by Desdemona Chiang

2/15 & 2/16 only

True Medusa’s Before the Crush 

True Medusa has a self produced show this coming Thursday, February 13th from 7-10 pm at Kunstoff Arts- 1 Grove Street!  Before the Crush: A Pre-Valentine’s Day Comedic Libation.  Tickets are selling out fast with only 4 tickets left!  It will feature True Medusa along with female comics, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, Karinda Dobbins, and The Unwritten Bedroom– an improvised duo featuring Jocelyn Alive and Bennet Chabot– which all improvised scenes occur in and around a bed.

Lasso of Truth

Known for her “muscular and sharp” (CityBeat) writing, Carson Kreitzer traces the origin story and lasting impact of the comic character Wonder Woman through the life of her controversial creator, William Moulton Marston. The early 20th-century psychologist and father of the modern lie detector modeled his superheroine on two women – his wife and his former student – both of whom he lived with in a polyamorous relationship. In this inventive multimedia theatrical experience that combines live action with comic book illustration and animation, a contemporary young woman looks back and questions the knotty history behind the worldwide feminist icon.

Runs 2/20 – 3/16

Image courtesy QCTimes

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