For our 39th Meetup event, WWSF attended Margaret of Anjou produced by Those Women Productions.
Margaret of Anjou is an ‘Undiscovered Feminist Shakespeare Play’ – playwright Lauren Jansen-Parkes uncovers the story of Margaret embedded within Shakespeare’s Henry VI plays and Richard the III, by combining Shakespearean text with additional material and in doing so moves Margaret to the center of the stage in this War of the Roses history play.
Directed by co-Artistic Director Libby Vega, the cast includes Maria Grazia Affinito*, Lily Tung Crystal*, Sharon Huff*, Melissa Locsin* and Nic Sommerfeld. (* denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association)
Women artists working on the design/production side include: Arashi Cesana (Stage Manager), Jane Davis (Technician), Carol Lashof (Producer/Co-Artistic Director), Megan Messinger (Props Design/Heads), Genevieve Perdue (Costume Designer), Audrey Ronningen (Production Assistant), Sydney Schwindt (Fight Choreographer), Suzanne Vito (Production Manager).
According to Natalie Orenstein of independent news site Berkeleyside: “Those Women intentionally put on plays in which the female protagonists have the right to be unlikeable and complicated.” Co-artistic directors Lashof and Vega see a connection between title-character Margaret and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, “another powerful, ambitious woman who is not a fairytale heroine or the fairytale villainess.”
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Photo: William Newton