6/13 – This Week in Feminist Theater

The Carole King musical

Broadway Is Finally Letting Women Make Their Own Choices

“Women have been taking the lead in Broadway ticket-buying decisions for years, and this season on Broadway, at long last, they’re also taking charge of their destinies. The theater’s top ladies have taken the Great White Way by storm, depicting female characters with agency to make hard, life-altering decisions. Throughout this season, characters played by Tony nominees Idina Menzel, Kelli O’Hara, Jessie Mueller, and Sutton Foster, are choosing to prioritize their careers, kids, art, and appearance, respectively”, writes Bethany Rickwald for Theater Mania.

The 2014 Lilly Awards Burst Into Bloom

From HuffPo: “On Monday, June 2, the fifth annual Lilly Awards Ceremony lit up Playwrights Horizons (416 West 42nd St.). The Lilly Awards, affectionately called “The Lillies,” were founded in 2010 by Julia Jordan, Marsha Norman, and Teresa Rebeck to honor the work of women in the theater. The Lillies were named after Lillian Hellman, the pioneering American playwright who famously said “You need to write like the devil and sometimes act like one.”

Why separate awards for women in the theater? Before the Lillies, women had been excluded from receiving major theater awards, so they made their own.”

Tony Awards embrace women, new and old, after close races

From the Chicago Tribune: “Broadway crowned one its favorite female stars and embraced a bevy of newcomers at the Tony Awards on Sunday in some of the most closely contested actress races for years. An emotional Audra McDonald, 43, made Tony Awards history with a record sixth performance win for her heartbreaking turn as jazz singer Billie Holiday in the play, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.”

Application now LIVE for the Judith Barlow Prize

History Matters/ Back to the Future is proud to announce a new prize for student playwrights in honor of Judith E. Barlow.

  • $2500 prize will be awarded annually to the playwright of a one-act play that is inspired by the work of an historic women playwright.
  • $1000 prize will be awarded to the runner up.
  • $500 prize will be awarded to the student’s professor who introduced the winning student to the play that inspired her/his one-act

For more details, please visit their website.

Shows to See

10th Annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival

The 10th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival celebrates A Decade of Love! with 32 new films in 4 screening programs that are fully captioned and subtitled. For the first time ever, ALL the films, including world premieres and festival circuit faves, will be accessible to Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing members of our community.

Jun 13-15; admission free. At the Brava Theater Center

Theatre of Yugen’s This Lingering Life

The WWSF Meetup group just saw Theatre of Yugen’s This Lingering Life this week – a new kind of play that hearkens to tradition while also reaching out from it, and its performance, likewise, will juxtapose traditional and modern dramatic paradigms. It’s an elegant romp across the borders of time, geography, life and death. It’s that kind of a life. And we all live it.

Remaining performances of This Lingering Life are on Thursday 6/12 @ 7pm, Friday 6/13 @ 8pm, and Saturday 6/14 @ 8pm. Use discount code “Karma” for a 10% discount on the ticket price here.

Rhino’s Walk Like a Man

Last chance to see Theatre Rhino’s latest scintillating hit, Walk Like a Man, by Laurinda D. Brown. Run ends 6/15.

SF Examiner’s review, by Leslie Katz: ““Walk Like a Man is a sexy, sassy, sensitive play about the lives and loves of black lesbians; it also is a powerful and moving human story about people seeking connection, identity and acceptance…”

Post image courtesy: Theater Mania

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