This Week in Feminist Theater (6/13-6/19)

This Week in Feminist Theater is a news round-up curated by Christine Young (creator of WWSF). If you have news or shows to see that should be included please send details to

DianeandJenni,SceneOneStage Source’s Report on Gender Parity in Boston Theatre
Theater service organization Stage Source has released their first study of gender parity in Boston-area theatres.  The report found that only 23% of recent Boston productions were penned by a female playwright – a statistic that is similar to findings in multiple regional markets in America, including San Francisco/Bay Area (for more details, see Not Even: A Study of Gender Parity in Bay Area Theatres). Men were also twice as likely to be hired as directors and designers. You can read the full Stage Source report here.

Julie Taymor: “It’s so much harder for women to get the opportunity’
In another gender-focused theatre article, the UK Guardian reports that Julie Taymor (arguably the “most powerful woman in US theater”) would love to direct in London, but despite the 80 million tickets that Lion King has sold, she’s never been asked!  Read more about Taymor’s current projects and how she’s bouncing back after her recent Broadway failure.

Three Great Essays You Should Read
WomenArts Executive Director Martha Richards has penned two terrific essays recently.  7 Steps For Achieving Gender Parity in Theatre on the American Theatre blog offers a detailed analysis of key ideas and strategies developed by a group of 21 American and Canadian theater artists during the first international Equity in Theatre Convening in Toronto in April (the next convening is expected to happen in NYC in the fall.)  “Fun Home” Makes History for Women & Gay Rights With 5 Tony Awards! on the Women Arts blog shares historical context  and perspective on the significance of the success of Alison Bechdel’s play at this year’s Tony Awards.

Playwright Marissa Skudlarek also wrote a great piece this month called Hi-Ho, the Glamorous Life: She Submits to Conquer for SF Theatre Pub exploring women, perfectionism, and the play submission process.

Shows to See
Love and Information
Written by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Casey Stangl
Featuring Cindy Goldfield, Christina Liang, Sharon Lockwood, Domenique Salerno, mia tagano, Shona Tucker, Joel Bernard, Anthony Fusco, Dan Hiatt, Joe Holt, Rafael Jordan, Leo Marks
Produced by American Conservatory Theatre
A series of short vignettes that explore how information impacts our relationships and inner lives.
Runs thru August 9th, The Strand (San Francisco)
*JOIN the WWSF MEETUP on Thursday, July 23rd at 7:30pm.  Get your tickets here!

The Wong Street Journal (LAST CHANCE!)
Written and performed by Kristina Wong
Presented by Circuit Network
Part plushy TED lecture, part amateur hip-hop extravaganza, and part travelogue
Runs thru June 21st, ZSpace (San Francisco)

Heart Shaped Nebula (LAST CHANCE!)
Written by Marisela Treviño Orta
Directed by Desdemona Chiang
Featuring Gisela Feied, Marilet Martinez, and Hugo Carbajal
Produced by Shotgun Players
An exploration of the mysteries of the universe and the human heart.
Runs thru June 21st, Ashby Stage (East Bay)

The Yellow Wallpaper (LAST CHANCE!)
Adapted by Gary Graves from novel by Charlotte Perkins Gillman
Directed by Jan Zvaifler
Featuring Elena Wright and Cybèle D’Ambrosio
Produced by Central Works
A haunting tale of a Victorian woman’s descent into madness, adapted from the classic short story.
Runs thru June 21st, Berkeley City Club (East Bay)

Twelfth Night (LAST CHANCE!)
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Christopher Moore
Featuring Julie Eccles, Lisa Anne Porter, Catherine Castellanos, Margo Hall, Domenique Lozano, Rami Margron, Stacy Ross and Ted Deasy
Produced by California Shakespeare Theatre
Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece of mistaken identity.
Runs thru June 21st, Bruns Ampitheatre (East Bay)

Cowgirls (LAST CHANCE!)
Written by Betsey Howie (playwright) and Mary Murfitt (book/lyrics)
Directed by Barry Martin and Lucas Sherman (musical director)
Featuring Daniela Innocenti Beem, Dyan McBride, Staci Arriaga, Taylor Bartolucci, Heather Buck, Danielle DeBow
3 classical ladies encounter 3 country gals in a Kansas saloon & learn what it means to be a cowgirl
Runs thru June 21st, Lucky Penny Community Arts Center (Napa)

Loud & Unladylike
Written by Rachel Bublitz, Claire Rice, Tracy Held Potter
Produced by DIVAFest
A staged reading festival featuring new works about historically significant but lesser known women.
Runs June 25th thru July 11th, EXIT Theatre Studio (San Francisco)

Written by David Henry Hwang
Directed by Lily Tung Crystal (her directing debut!)
Featuring Joyce Liu, Chris Mahle, Dianna Chung, Isabel To, Michael McCune, Jeffrey Sun, Philip Wong
Produced by Palo Alto Players
A new comedy about the misadventures of miscommunication!
Runs thru June 29th, Lucie Stern Theatre (South Bay)

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche
Written by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood
Produced by Tides Theatre
Outrageous feminist comedy set in Cold War Era
Runs thru July 11th, Tides Theatre (San Francisco)

Sense and Sensibility
Written by Jane Austen, Adapted by Jon Jory
Directed by Jennifer Le Blanc
Produced by Livermore Shakespeare Festival
Runs July 2nd thru July 19th, Went Vineyards Estate Winery (East Bay)

Written by Lisa D’Amour
Directed by Josh Costello
Featuring Amy Resnick, Luisa Frasconi, Jeff Garrett, Patrick Jones
Produced by Aurora Theatre
A wicked satire about our uncertain economic times.
Runs thru July 19th, Aurora Theatre (East Bay)

Black Virgins Are Not For Hipsters (Extended!!)
Written and performed by Echo Brown
Directed by David Ford
Produced by The Marsh
Echo Brown is about to lose her virginity to a hipster she met on Craigslist
Runs thru July 25th, The Marsh (San Francisco)

Image courtesy Boston Globe


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