8/29: This Week in Feminist Theater


LA Women’s Theater Festival Holds Empowerment Day

From EdgeontheNet: “On August 23 in Los Angeles’ Fremont Centre Theatre, solo performers will come together with experts in their field for the day-long Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival Second Annual Solo Performer Empowerment Day.”

Executive Director Adilah Barnes says that this will be a day of workshops and panels for solo artists, no matter what juncture of development they are in. “”It will primarily be women as it was last year; there may be a man or two, but the niche is women and we are the LA Women’s Theater Festival.”

Click the link for more details.

Plays by Women: Where Are They?

From Citybeat: “A crowd of female playwrights came together in New York City in 2008 to express their concern that works by women were not getting produced by that city’s theaters. More than 150 playwrights attended the gathering, resulting in standing-room-only at the venue.

Cincinnati native Theresa Rebeck told The New York Times, “I personally don’t think playwriting is a gene on the Y chromosome. Many of our male peers find the debate intolerable. Men in the community seem to think that everything is fine.”

Playwrights explore trauma and psychological damage of FGM

From The Guardian: “The poster is stamped with the statement that 137,000 women in the UK are living with the consequences of female genital mutilation. But for the team behind the play Little Stitches, opening at a London theatre on Friday, it is the individual stories behind the statistic that really matter.

The four writers of the play, opening at Theatre503 in Battersea, spent months talking to those affected by FGM, as well as to campaigners, doctors and teachers.”

Lear de Bessonet Puts Her Stamp on Winter’s Tale

The cover of September’s American Theatre features a full-page head-shot of Lear de Bessonet, a female director who has just staged Winter’s Tale at the famed Delacorte Theater in NYC’s Central Park.  Read more about her unique directing style.  A favorite quote from the article: “Ms. deBessonet, 34, won’t claim any supernatural abilities, but she has found a seemingly charmed way to reconcile her passion for social justice with her devotion to the theater, doing good works by making good work.”

Shows to See


Written by Carol S. Lashof
Directed by Libby Vega

THOSE WOMEN PRODUCTIONS present the world premiere of JUST DESERTS. Professional theatrical production of JUST DESERTS, an original stage play written by Carol S. Lashof and directed by Libby Vega.

Only 6 shows: 8/29-8/31, and 09/05-09/07.

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

Rapture, Blister, Burn

Directed by Desdemona Chiang
Lead: Marilee Talkington

Can any woman really have it all? After grad school, Gwen built a family, Catherine a career. Twenty years later, each thinks the other chose a better life! Feminism takes a sharp look at itself in this hilarious new comedy from Gina Gionfriddo, author of Becky Shaw.

Starts TODAY!

The Taming of the Shrew

Directed by Rebecca J. Ennals

Welcome to Renaissance-era Padua, Italy, where two very unconventional people meet, fight, and finally fall in love – but not before a feast of wit and outrageous physical comedy. The Taming of the Shrew features plenty of Shakespearean twists, hilarious clowns and ridiculous disguises, along with a subversive and challenging love story. Who is the bigger Shrew? You decide!

A FREE professional theater production in a beautiful park setting!

Click the link for dates and venue details.

 Image courtesy: Stonehill Theatre Company


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