This Week in Feminist Theater (1/17-1/23)

a_year_with_womenA Year With Women in Film
Cinema Fanatic blogger Marya has made a commitment that 2015 will be “A Year With Women.” For the entire year of 2015 she will only be watching films that are directed, co-directed, written or co-written by women. This includes movies in theaters, as well as what she watches at home. She sees this partially as a social protest, and partially as a year of discovery. She will continue to do YouTube reviews of the movies she sees, and plans to keep a journal for with hopes of possibly publishing it as a memoir in the future.

More info about the project:
“In watching so many movies for so long now, I’ve come to really feel the gender imbalance, both in storytelling and in the characters represented on screen. The most recent reports show that only 6% of the top grossing films in 2013 were directed by women. Writers aren’t much better, with 10% of the top grossing films of 2013. UPDATE: Here’s the 2014 numbers (they’re not good).  That, however, doesn’t mean that 94% of movies are being directed by men. Working at Rotten Tomatoes has shown me that almost one film a week that’s opening limited or on VOD is directed by women (a few weeks back there were 7!). What this means for me, living in Los Angeles, is that I have access to a lot more of these films than most people, yet I still find myself not going to them (I only saw 13 new release films in 2014 directed by women!).”

Thanks to Mary Guzmán for sourcing this item on “Yeah, I Said Feminist. A Theater Salon”


Mount Holyoke Cancels ‘Vagina Monologues’
A student-run theater group at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., has decided not to perform the “Vagina Monologues” on Valentine’s Day this year because it didn’t want to offend transgender students, the Washington Post reported. The theater group has performed the ” Vagina Monologues” for the last 20 years. This year, it took a student survey to see if it should continue the production. The feedback resulted in its cancellation. The well-known play, written by Eve Ensler, features stories about sex, love, birth, menstruation and violence.

The college has recently altered its entrance requirements to admit transgender students. Mount Holyoke students plan to create their own version of the “Vagina Monologues” that will be inclusive to transgender students.

A Female Pioneer Behind the Golden Age of Egyptian Cinema
Faten Hamama, who was was known as “the Lady of the Arabic Screen,” died last Saturday at the age of 83. Born in 1931 in the village of Sanblawin, Hamama began acting in films in the Egyptian realist genre during the 1950’s. She acted in nearly 100 films and worked until 2000.

“In these films, Hamama played women fighting for their place in Egypt’s patriarchal society – sometimes as a young woman from a rural community who flouts convention and leaves; sometimes as an urban woman who fights against the laws that discriminated against women.

Hamama appears in 18 of the 150 films chosen as classics of Egyptian cinema by the Cairo International Festival in the late 1990s.”

Pope Francis Says: Listen to Women!
Pope Francis demonstrated his commitment to leading all Catholics last week when he told a recent gathering of Filipino youth: “Women have much to tell us in today’s society. Sometimes we’re too macho, and we don’t leave enough room for women. Women are able to see things with different eyes than us. Women are able to ask questions that men can’t understand. When the next pope comes, please have more women and girls among your numbers.” Sing it Father!

Show to See
Late: A Cowboy Song
by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Ariel Craft
Featuring Maria Leigh, Brian Martin, and Lauren Preston
Produced by Custom Made Theatre Co.
A poetic look at love and gender when a lady cowboy enters the life of a young Pittsburgh couple.
Runs thru February 1st, Ashby Stage (check out the WWSF post about the show)

by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Jeffrey Lo
Featuring Sarah Moser, Wes Gabrillo, Monica Cappuccini, Monica Ho, Maureen O’Neill, Evan Schumacher, and Scott Solomon
Produced by Palo Alto Players
A timeless Greek myth becomes poetry in motion in this Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize nominee.
Runs thru February 1st, Lucie Stern Theatre

By Julie Hébert
Directed by Jon Tracy
Featuring Susi Damilano, Cathleen Riddley, Tristan Cunningham, Carl Lumbly with scenic design by Nina Ball
Produced by SF Playhouse
This regional premiere is the story of three generations divided by race, culture and time.
Runs thru March 7th, SF Playhouse

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