7/18 – This Week in Feminist Theater

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Jailhouse theater program helps women disclose HIV status

“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.”

I’m Not a Tart: The Feminist Subtext of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men

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.”

Exit Roils Supporters of Women’s Theater

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 to Host 7th Annual WOMEN’S WORK SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL, 8/4-9

“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

Bay Area Playwrights Festival

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

Love Balm For My SpiritChild

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

Hick: A Love Story

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

Ripple Effect

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

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