SWAN Day Celebrates Women in the Arts
Saturday, March 28th is SWAN Day/Support Women Artists Now Day! This international holiday was designed by WomenArts and Chicago’s WITASWAN (Women in the Audiences Supporting Women Artists Now) to showcase the power and diversity of women’s creativity. Now in its 8th year, SWAN Day has featured over 1,200 events in 24 countries. You can see a complete calendar of this year’s SWAN Day activities here.
WomenArts is also hosting two San Francisco/Bay Area SWAN Day events:
WomenArts Night @ Playground – Monday, 3/16 @ 8 pm, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
WomenArts Night at PlayGround will feature six 10-minute plays about women by some of the Bay Area’s most exciting playwrights. The playwrights only have four days to write the scripts, and the directors and actors only have a few hours to rehearse them. PlayGround is the Bay Area’s leading incubator of new plays. This is a rare opportunity to see creativity in action! Tickets are $15 General Admission; $20 Admission; $10 Students and can be purchased online or at the door.
- Learn about the world-wide movement for gender parity in the arts from WomenArts Executive Director Martha Richards
- See four short plays by and about women presented in collaboration with PlayGround and Symmetry Theatre
- Get the facts about Bay Area gender parity from Valerie Weak’s highly-anticipated Counting Actors study of 500 local productions over the past 3 years
- Celebrate & strategize with us at a special networking reception following the show
Admission to SWAN Day Bay ARea is free, but space is limited. Reserve your seat here.
New Play Shines Light on Trafficking in Oakland
From the East Bay Express: “Cold Piece of Werk tells the story of Midnight, a seventeen-year-old girl embroiled in the sex-work industry in East Oakland. Once in the game, she realizes she’s in way over her head. Living the street life surrounded by violence and drugs, Midnight struggles with self-perception, what she left behind, and how to escape the life she has now without endangering herself or those she loves.
The CPOW cast is filled with Bay Area actors, some of whom are first-time stage actors. ‘We have some who nailed it in the audition, and this is their first time,’ said playwright Tracie Collins. “They have a love for the industry and the art.”
Collins said she hopes that this production helps create awareness of the ongoing epidemic of human trafficking — an epidemic that’s happening right here in Oakland as well as throughout the country. ‘It’s a national issue.’”
Female-Led Tech Startup Featured in Web Series
NEXT, a new workplace dramedy web series recently premiered on YouTube. The series follows employees at Connext, a female-led Silicon Valley startup, as they embark on a corporate retreat where they must give up all of their technological devices and survive a week together in the flesh. The original five-episode scripted series was developed by Monday Afternoon Productions and stars Taylor Brock, Anne Hallinan and Lisa-Marie Newton, who also created and produced the project. Writer/Director Serena Shulman, with LipShtick Pictures, developed the initial concept for the series based on her own experiences in the tech world, and led the creative execution. You can read an interview with Actor/Producer Taylor Brock here and watch the full series here.
Shows to See
By Patricia Milton
Directed by Gary Graves
Produced by Central Works
Featuring Maura Halloran, Desirée Rogers, Danielle Thyss, Jan Zvaifler A darkly comic intersection of foreign “black ops” and family politics
Runs thru March 29th, Berkeley City Club
* Join WWSF Meetup Group in seeing this show on Sunday March 15th at 5:00pm!
Cold Piece of Werk
Written, directed and produced y Tracie Collins
The Story of Midnight, 17 year old girl, caught up in the Sex Trafficking Industry in Oakland, CA.
Runs March 14th and 15th @ 3:00pm & 7:00pm, Oakland Kaiser Center – Lakeside Theater
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 and Katherine Renee Turner
Runs thru March 15th, Marin Theatre Company
Directed by Paige Rogers
Produced by Cutting Ball Theater
Featuring Madeline H.D. Brown, Hannah Donovan, Tim Green, Emma Crane Jaster, Paul Loper, Elissa Beth Stebbins, Wiley Naman Strasser, Jason Wong
Runs thru March 19th, EXIT on Taylor
Cutting Ball is offering WWSF readers a special 20% discount off general seating from 2/19-3/1. Buy tickets here with discount code “WWSFAntigone”.
Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them
By A. Rey Pamatmat
Directed by Desdemona Chiang
Produced by Crowded Fire
Featuring Nicole Javier, Maro Guevara Maro, and Wes Gabrillo
Full of humor, this sweet coming-of-age story celebrates the love that binds us.
Runs thru March 21st, Thick House
*Note: while the playwright is male, more than 50% of the artists working on this production are female.
By Alison Page
Directed by Claire Rice
Produced by DIVAFest
Featuring Allison Page, Jennie Brick, Heather Kellogg, Marie O’Donnell, and Jason Pencowski
Cyd is a comic on the edge of destruction. Will she turn it all around?
Runs thru March 28th, EXIT Studio
Stories by Alice Munro: “The Office” and “Dolly”
Produced by Word for Word
Featuring Sheila Balter, Jeri Lynn Cohen, Paul Finocchiaro, Susan Harloe, Harold Swain
Word for Word brings award-winning author Alice Munro’s work to the stage
Runs thru April 2nd, Z Below
Photos: Lisa Morse and Cathleen Riddley in the 16th annual Best of PlayGround Festival; SWAN Day Logo (courtesy WomenArts); Majesty-Pearl Scott and Alicia McCauley in Cold Piece of Werk (courtesy East Bay Express).