9/5: This Week in Feminist Theater


Female Directors Make Power Plays

Theresa Agovino of Crain’s New York writes: “This Broadway season will see women directors pick up the gender pace in a male-dominated field.” She notes that in the decade gone by, “no more than 18% of the directors of Tony-eligible productions have been female.” But there is reason to rejoice – yet. She notes that “as this season begins, the Great Male White Way is getting a stronger shot of estrogen with four females quarterbacking productions. Two of the most heralded shows boast women directors. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is led by Tony-winner Marianne Elliott, who turned the London production into a smash hit. And Pam MacKinnon, who won a Tony for directing Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, is bringing a star-studded revival of his A Delicate Balance to the stage.

Meanwhile, Kimberly Senior is reprising her role as director of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced, which wowed audiences at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater, and Tony winner Anna Shapiro is at the helm of This Is Our Youth, which is coming to New York after an acclaimed run at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre.”

Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis 2014

The Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis (WTFM) wrapped its 2nd biennial event earlier this month when the city hosted over 30 plays, workshops and performances from around the globe. Event highlights included: The Gyneka Awards Gala in which 6 women and Two-Time Tony Award winner Pat Halloran were honored for their contributions to the world of theatre. Highlights also included several performances.”

UCB: Inside The Comedy Theater Churning Out All The Female Talent

“When Amy Poehler and Matt Besser moved to the city in 1996, they had no intention of opening up a comedy theater. They were just trying to get their sketch show picked up by a network. But, when they got here, they saw a deflated comedy scene.

They craved the sense of community they felt back in Chicago, and thought they’d try to introduce that same feeling here in NYC. They opened up their own training center in 1999, and got their own theater space — UCB on West 22nd Street — that same year.”

Click to read more about the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre.

Shows to See

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.

Runs through 9/28. WWSF Meetup announced 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! At the Presidio Parade Ground Lawn, this weekend (9/6-9/7)and the next (9/13-9/14).

The Haze

A new solo play by Heather Marlowe
Directed by Jean-Michele Gregory

An enthralling, sharp-witted, and autobiographical story about the aftermath of being drugged and raped while attending San Francisco’s annual Bay to Breakers event, Marlowe’s piece has already generated local and national attention for the issues it raises about how rape cases are handled even in enlightened cities like San Francisco. The play comes at a moment when Congress is expected to approve funding to examine untested DNA evidence from rape kits held by state and local police departments across the country.

Runs 9/4-9/27

Image courtesy Electronic Urban Report

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