Meetup #49: Alice Birch’s Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

revoltFor our 49th meetup, we attended our 4th Crowded Fire production (previously: The Taming, Mechanics of Love, and 410 {GONE}). This women-helmed company (Artistic Director: Mina Morita and Executive Director: Bethany Herron) kicks off their 20th year with the West Coast premier of Alice Birch’s Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. directed by founding Artistic Director Rebecca Novick. Playwright Birch examines the language, behavior, and forces that shape being a woman in the 21st century via a fragmented structure.


Female identified artists working on this project include: Rebecca Novick (director), Karla Acosta, Cat Luedtke, Elisa Beth Stebbins, Leigh Rondon-Davis (actors), Maddie Gaw (dramaturg), Ariana Johnson (Assistant Director), Justine Law, Adeline N Smith (designers), Stephanie Alyson Henderson (Production Manager).

You can read Lily Janiak’s review of the production here.  And you can learn more about Alice Birch here.

If you saw the show with WWSF or on your own, leave a comment and let the artists know what you experienced. To propose a show for a future meetup, email

Photo: Alessandra Mello

One response to “Meetup #49: Alice Birch’s Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

  1. Hard to believe this was our 49th meetup!! Absolutely slayed by the writing in this piece. A strong ensemble – it sounds like the request for Mondays off made by Karla Acosta’s character resonated with many. I was floored by Cat Luedtke in the monologue about why she’s been laying on the floor of the grocery store with her dress over her head. Leigh Rondon-Davis gets some great text in comparing a marriage proposal to becoming a suicide bomber. And Elissa Beth Stebbins goes and proves herself even more awesome than I thought by not only nailing her text, but also tap dancing – what can’t she do? Justine Law’s wall toppling set is the perfect metaphor world for the piece, and Adeline N. Smith’s properties design compliments this nicely – watermelons, axes, those bluebells and more. Keiko Shimosato Carreiro’s costume design works well in this world – from the functional denim and black to the apron dresses for the mother/daughter/granddaughter sequence. I definitely need to shout out the dramaturgy and directing team – Maddie Gaw, dramaturgy, Ariana Johnson, asst director, and Rebecca Novick, director – who’ve taken a script that has no specific characters or locations, and turned this manifesto into a world of living beings.

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