7/25: This Week in Feminist Theater

femmes a tragedy

Women’s Project Names New Producing Artistic Director

“Lisa McNulty has been named the new producing artistic director of the Women’s Project Theater, the Off Broadway company announced Wednesday. McNulty replaces Julie Crosby, whose abrupt departure in June led most of the theater’s advisory board and several members of the theater’s board of directors to quit, saying her departure, after eight years in the position, put the company at risk.

“Ms. McNulty, who has been the artistic line producer at Manhattan Theater Club since 2006, will begin her new job on Aug. 11. She has a long history with the 36-year-old Women’s Project Theater, whose mission is to produce plays written and directed by women.

Arlene Scanlan, a chairwoman of the board of directors, called Ms. McNulty “a strong and logical candidate for the position.”

Sundance Playwrights Sound Off On Female Emergence

Sundance Theatre Lab participants Dominique Morisseau, Annie Baker and Sheila Callaghan talk to Playbill.com about the roles women are playing, both onstage and off, as well as lack of diversity in theatre .

From Playbill: “This diversity — sexual, racial and economic — was one of many topics that Morisseau, Annie Baker and Sheila Callaghan discussed with Playbill.com. The three playwrights are currently participating in the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, a three-week play development retreat designed to support the creation of new work by playwrights, directors, composers and librettists. And while all three playwrights are women, their experiences and work reflect a great deal of diversity.”

Gina Young Wins Jane Chambers Playwriting Award

This week at the annual Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Gina Young’s play FEMMES: A Tragedy is receiving the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, given annually for an outstanding new feminist play.  FEMMES, written for a cast of 8 women, is a contemporary lesbian tragicomedy in two acts, partially inspired by Clare Luce Booth’s 1936 play The Women.  Gina is a Los Angeles-based playwright, director and performer whose work centers around lesbian and queer protagonists.  For more info about the play, visit Gina’s website.

 Shows to See


A one-woman show by Chris Black about the meaning of strength. Legendary boxer John L Sullivan—a hard drinking, five foot ten, two hundred and twenty pound Boston born Irishman who toured the US by offering to beat all comers—is the inspiration behind TOUGH, a one-woman show that asks what it means to be strong and confronts the onset of “can’t” that is every athlete’s final opponent.

Runs thru 8/9 at Z Below

Sweet Maladies

Written By Zakiyyah Alexander
Directed by Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe

Two years into Reconstruction, four girls contemplate a future and their place in the new post-slavery society. Deftly written with a sly humor, Sweet Maladies illuminates the possibilities that have existed between races since slavery’s abolition and confronts the baggage that mitgate thsoe possibilities.

Runs thru 8/3 at BRAVA

 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 thru 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 9/1 around the Bay Area

Image CourtesGina Young’Femmes: A Tragedy


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