“UCSF doctors have teamed with artists from the Medea Project – a jailhouse theater program for women designed to reduce recidivism rates – to help women disclose to their partners and family members that they have HIV.
The point, in turn, is to improve their support network and overall quality of life.”
Actress Leighton Meester, in portraying Curley’s wife in the stage adaptation of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, writes a searingly honest opinion piece for HuffPo on the objectification of the character.
“If this woman is purely a victim, why is she so hated? And if she is truly harmless, why is she so threatening? Without question, it was a commentary on the social climate at the time, which still surprisingly applies today. But if sexism is one of the featured themes, why not say it?
“The genius and relevancy behind Steinbeck’s mission in writing this piece is that, to this day, it forces you to see yourself, to expose the depth of your own intolerance, prejudice, cruelty, and naivete.”
This NY Times article offers the latest on the controversy surrounding Julie Crosby’s abrupt departure from Women’s Project Theater, including background on the financial difficulties the theater has been experiencing of late – an all-too-familiar story in the non-profit theater world.
“New Perspectives Theatre Company (NPTC) has announced on the margin, the 7th Annual Women’s Work Short Play Festival with six original scripts developed to that theme.
“Now in its 7th year, each Short Play Festival is created in NPTC’s Women’s Work LAB, in which Artistic Director Melody Brooks provides a theme to new members in the spring, and resident directors collectively dramaturge the scripts and bring them to production quality.”
Shows to See
produced by Playwrights Foundation
Tickets $15 – Runs 7/18 – 7/27 at Thick House
Shelter in Place
written by Elizabeth Hersh (Bay Area Playwright)
directed by Marilee Talkington
An apocalyptic dark comedy that examines our very rightful fear that private information really isn’t private.
Fri 7/18 @ 8pm; Sun 7/27 @ 12pm
Split the Stick
written by E. Hunter Spreen (Bay Area Playwright)
directed by Tracy Ward
The Brits formed contemporary Iraq and then we bombed it. An American veteran of the War and his family are left to clean it up. But can they?
Sun 7/20 @ 4pm; Sat 7/26 @ 12pm
Queens for a Year
written by T.D. Mitchell
directed by Jayne Wenger
Four generations of military women tackle another kind of war, in the way only women of grit can do.
Sat 7/19 @ 8pm (WWSF Meetup!); Sat 7/26 @ 4pm
Created by Arielle Julia Brown with acting ensemble, Ayoldele Nzinga, Cat Brooks, Lisa Evans, Anna Maria Luera and dancer, Dawon Davis
a play that features the testimonies of Bay Area mothers who have lost children to acts of violence
Tickets $10-25 – Run thru 7/20 at BRAVA Theatre Center
written and performed by Terry Baum
produced by Theatre Rhino and Crackpot Crones
Chronicles the love affair between patrician first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and charming, hard-living butch reporter Lorena Hickok
FREE! – Runs 7/10-7/27 at Eureka Theatre
written by Michael Gene Sullivan, Eugenie Chan, Tanya Shaffer, and Ira Marlowe
directed by Hugo E. Carbajal and Wilma Bonet
performed by Velina Brown, Lisa Hori-Garcia, Keiko Shimosato Carreiro, and Michael Gene Sullivan
produced by San Francisco Mime Troupe
Skyrocketing rents. Loss of diversity. Certain workers welcomed like saviors, while other workers are discarded like trash. The War on the Poor. And San Francisco – the capital of the Revolution – becoming the center of corporate surveillance technology.
FREE! – Runs thru 7/4-7/5 at Dolores Park (2pm show) and thru 9/1 around the Bay Area
Post image courtesy SFGate