Week of 12/19: This Week in Feminist Theater


All-women Spanish theater group sells porn

So what do women in theater do when they’re pushed to a corner? They improvise. From the NY Daily News: “A Spanish theater group is getting around a “crippling” government sales tax hike by selling porn magazines – and then giving away tickets to their shows with every issue sold.

With levies on selling XXX-rated materials less than a fifth of that on plays, the all-women “Primas de Riesgo” company ingeniously set itself up as an official adult literature distributor, reports The Local.

Actors then obtained 300 back issues of a discontinued erotic glossy – which they’ve since been selling for $20 each. And, as a bonus, the buyers also happen to be given free entrance to see their production of Pedro Calderon de la Barca’s “The Prodigious Magician” at Madrid’s New Alcala Theatre.”

The Ladies of Magenta Theater disrobe to raise funds

From The Columbian: “As a fundraiser and tie-in to their “Calendar Girls” play premiering in February, women involved with Vancouver’s Magenta Theater Company stripped down for a mostly nude calendar they hope will bring in money for improvements to their theater at 606 Main St.

“Considering the subject matter of “Calendar Girls,” the name of the movie and play that were based on the true story of a group of middle-aged English women who became media sensations after creating a nude calendar for charity in 1999, Magenta members felt it was only natural to pose au naturel.

Each of the calendar’s months, whether featuring one woman or a few, chronicles the process of putting on a theater production, from set building to opening night.”

The most important feminist film moments of 2014

From IndieWire, here’s a recap of some of the most noteworthy feminist film moments of 2014: “The numbers for women behind the camera remain brutally bad. In 2013, only 6% of the top-grossing films were directed by women. 10% were written by women. 2% were shot and composed by women. The statistics onscreen are not that much better. A mere 30% of the characters and 15% of the protagonists were women.

But while the numbers remain dismal, the conversation seems to have shifted. It feels like people are finally fed up and are vocally addressing the film industry’s obvious gender disparities in a much more engaged way.”

On stage, homeless women’s voices will be heard

From the Boston Globe: “Christmas brings entertainments designed to stir our compassion and generosity, God bless us every one. But with a show at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre this weekend, a group of local women who’ve known homelessness just want to be heard and understood.

“Writing Home” features songs, poems, and stories from members of the On the Rise day program for homeless women in Cambridge. They’ve known hunger and fear, violence and sexual assault, loneliness and sorrow. All are on the upswing to a degree, whether still in a shelter or moving on to homes of their own. And for nearly a year they’ve been part of the Stories Without Roofs program, hoping to make people understand the complexity of their lives, the forces that brought them down and the ones that lift them up.”

Shows to See

Cinderella – A Family Holiday Panto!
An affordable family holiday panto in the playful British tradition.
Panto SF @ Marines’ Memorial Theatre, December 18-28

Brava’s New Years Eve Comedy Fiesta
Starring Marga Gomez, Diane Amos, and Betsy Salkind
Host Betty Pazmiño, DJ Page Hodel
The Mission District’s one stop New Year’s Eve destination for stand-up comedy lovers, dancing fools, feministas and progressive party animals.
Runs December 31 @ 9pm, BRAVA Theater Center

Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins
By Margaret Engel and Allison Engel
Directed by David Esbjornson
Produced by Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Featuring Kathleen Turner
Two-time Tony and Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner makes her Berkeley Rep debut as Molly Ivins, the brassy, sharp-witted political journalist and best-selling author of Bushwacked. Celebrated for her folksy yet barbed humor, Ivins was the rowdy raconteur stirring up trouble in the old boy’s club and ridiculing those she deemed too big for their britches—earning her a widely read syndicated column and a seat next to Mark Twain as one of America’s beloved satirists. 
Runs thru January 11, Berkeley Rep

Our Town
by Thornton Wilder
Directed by Susannah Martin
Featuring El Beh, Madeline H.D. Brown*, Sam Jackson, Christine Macomber, Molly Noble*, Karen Offereins, Valerie Fachman,
andMichelle Talgarow
Produced by Shotgun Players
Wilder graduated from Berkeley High in 1915, and Shotgun is proud to bring this classic to The Ashby Stage. Even if you think you know Our Town, we guarantee that you’ll experience something new – after all, no one breaks down the classics like we do. With live music throughout, we will find the heartbeat of every line, every word. “That’s what it was to be alive…To be always at the mercy of one self-centered passion, or another.”
Runs thru January 11, Ashby Stage

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