This Week in Feminist Theater (2/7-2/13)

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Urban Bush Women Present 30th Anniversary Program
The award-winning, Brooklyn-based contemporary dance company, founded and directed by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, will present its 30th anniversary program of all new works exploring reace, migration, body image and culture at Seattle’s Meany Theater February 12th-14th. The performance is part of the University of Washington’s World Dance Series, and was selected specifically to honor Zollar’s legacy to contemporary dance.  UW World Series artistic director Michelle Witt says that Zollar has been “fearless in challenging the issues of race, class, community and feminine identity. She’s a big thinker and she’s able to explore important social issues [through] dance.”

STEAMing Ahead
Chicago-based artist Ilesa Duncan, Artistic Director of Pegasus Theatre and Education Director for Chicago Dramatists, was interviewed this week by the Chicago Tribune about her belief that our nation’s current educational focus on STEM fields should really be expanded to STEAM (Science – Technology – Engineering – Arts – Math).  Duncan argues “There’s a plethora of studies that say the arts are vital in education. They help the kids understand humanity.” Pegagus Theater runs The Young Playwrights Festival, a year-round program in which professional playwrights mentor 7-12 grade students in creating original one-act plays which are then produced with professional actors.

Florida Women’s Theatre Project Shuts Down
The Florida-based Women’s Theatre Project announced this week that it is concluding its theatrical run. “We did this work for 10 years,” explains founding member and artistic director Genie Croft. “I was inundated with scripts…which was wonderful because I knew people knew who we were.” Croft remains at Willow Theatre where she is currently directing Tuesdays With Morrie for the Boca Raton Theatre Guild. “We accomplished what we set out to do in our mission statement,” she adds. “We have no debt. We have paid everybody. Times change and things evolve. And you always have to recognize when its time.”

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Women Playing Hamlet
This National New Play Network rolling world-premiere written by William Missouri Downs opens March 4th at Unicorn Theatre (Kansas City, MO), March 13th at Gamut Classic Theatre (Harrisburg, PA), and March 22nd at New Theatre (Miami, FL).  Four women play twenty roles (including all the male roles) in this comedy about Jessica, an actress from Minnesota who has been cast to play Hamlet in New York. Gamut says “I wrote the play after reading that nearly 500 women have played the role of Hamlet in the last 250 years. I was intrigued as to why so many actresses have been drawn to this part in particular and not, say, to King Lear or Richard III.”

SHOWS TO SEE
The Vagina Monologues
By Eve Ensler
Directed by Barbara Williams
Produced by Pacifica Spindrift Players
Featuring Kalena Coleman, Anastasia Durbala, Debi Durst, Joy Eaton, Barbara Fatum, Nancy Martin, Katy Ouse, Shannon Quinn, Deja Ramos, Julia Thollaug, Livia Thomas
Monologues focusing on women’s empowerment and the female experience
Runs February 12th – 15th, Spindrift Theatre

Heroines
Music Direction by Lynne Morrow
Adaptation & Stage Direction by Jane Hammett
Produced by Sonoma State University Departments of Music and Theatre Arts & Dance
Well-behaved women rarely make history
Runs thru February 15th, Evert B. Person Theatre

Landless
By Larissa Fasthorse
Directed by Ann Brebner and Jeanette Harrison
Dramaturgy by Duca Knezevic
Produced by AlterTheater
Featuring Michael J. Asberry, Nick Garcia, Patricia Silver, and Emilie Talbot
A new play about the heart of downtown
Runs thru February 16th in San Francisco, ACT Costume Shop
* Join WWSF Meetup Group in seeing this show on Sunday February 15th at 2:30pm!

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

We Are Proud to Present…
By Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Molly Aaronson Gelb
Produced by Just Theater
Featuring Rotimi Agbabiaka, Kehinde Koyejo, Lucas Hatton, Patrick Jones, David Moore, Megan Trout
Runs thru March 7th, Ashby Stage

Xtigone
By Nambi E. Kelley
Directed by Rhodessa Jones
Produced by African American Shakespeare
Runs February 14th thru March 8th, Buriel Clay Theatre

The Convert
By Danai Gurira
Directed by Jasson Minadakis
Produced by Marin Theatre Company
Featuring Jabari Brisport, L. Peter Callender, Elizabeth Carter, JaBen Early, Omoze Idehenre, Jefferson A. Russell & Katherine Renee Turner
Runs February 19th – March 15th, Marin Theatre Company

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