1/12: This Week in Feminist Theater


From Dixon Place website: “Necessary Exposure: The Female Playwright Project by Jody Christopherson is a series of installations displaying portraits of playwrights who identify as female. In 2013, Christopherson began a photo initiative to help fund a transmedia project, The Skype Show, which employed visual and performance art. She was working at an art school, experimenting with their equipment and began taking photos of female playwrights for donations.

When the Kilroys (a high profile list of commercially viable female playwrighs) and the Kiljoys (a response to the Kilroys exclusion of trans writers) came out, Christopherson wished to add to the conversation by creating an experience that would further the story of the volume and diversity of female playwrights.”

The installation will be on view at Dixon Place in NYC until January 26th.

Feminist artist Eleanor Bishop is currently developing a documentary theater piece for Carnegie-Mellon University’s graduate directing program called Steubenville, which layers the Steubenville, Ohio rape case trial transcript with Sleeping Beauty and autobiographical material to explore rape culture in America.steubenville_carnegie-mellon-dramaFrom a recent Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article: “With the “Steubenville” play in mind, American Theatre Magazine last month put Ms. Bishop on its list of “artists and companies who put social, political and civic causes at the forefront of their work.”

You can read the full American Theatre article here.

In case you missed it, check out this January 7th East Bay Express article about Shotgun Players 2015 all-female season, which will feature six full-length productions and six staged readings. Playwright Marisela Treviño Orta, whose play Heart Shaped Nebula will be produced at Shotgun in May, says: It is telling when announcing an all-women playwright season feels radical. I think it’s wonderful that Shotgun decided to produce an all female playwright season. They are making a bold statement on the lack of parity in the field.”

I just discovered another exciting gender parity online space – The Interval – was founded by Victoria Myers and Michelle Tse in August, 2014 with the following goals:

  1. Changing the conversation around women in theatre by asking smart ladies smart questions for a smart audience.
  2. Promoting gender parity in theatre.
  3. Creating a place to explore the diverse nature of creativity, storytelling, and careers in the theatre.
  4. Bridging the gap between Broadway and Off-Broadway; plays and musicals; and on-stage and behind the scenes.

With an NYC-focus, the site features juicy in-depth interviews with a host of amazing women theater artists. To learn more about why The Interval was founded check out this Letter from the Editors.


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,
and Michelle 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 25, Ashby Stage (tickets almost sold out!)

Image: Joey Sarno, Molly Griggs, Eleanor Bishop and Dan Sakamoto in Steubenville. (Photo by Nate Bertone)

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