Works By Women recently caught up with Chisa Hutchinson to discuss her new play Dead and Breathing and gender parity.
Zoe Kamil: What do you think is the most aggressive setback to gender parity in theatre right now? How do we overcome this?
Chisa Hutchinson: Maybe this answer is super obvious, but we gotta get some more broads in taste-making positions. On the front-end and the back, meaning as producers and Artistic Directors aaaand as critics. If I read one more tone-deaf, dick-driven review of a brilliant play by a female playwright or hear one more male AD go, "There just aren't any really good plays by women out there," I'm gonna... well, I'll probably punch someone in the throat this time because there ain't no instant gratification in becoming a playwright.
RSVP NOW! 11/20/15 "Play" Date: MOURNING SUN at Theatre 167
by Antu Yacob Directed by Ari Laura Kreith Set Design: Jen Price Flick Costume Design: Jessa-Raye Court Fight Choreographer: Erica Gould
Set in Ethiopia and New York, Mourning Sun is a remarkable love story that spans continents and cultures. At 14, Biftu and Abdi listen to American pop music and fantasize about meeting Michael Jackson. Then Biftu is forced into an arranged marriage and her dreams and her body are shattered. This explosive new play explores trauma and recovery, dislocation and identity, and the power of human connection.
West End Theatre In the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew 263 West 86th Street New York, NY
8pm showtime. We will be meeting at 7:40 pm in the lobby.
The Likhachev Foundation (St. Petersburg, Russia) and the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center (Moscow, Russia), with support of the Committee on External Relations of Saint Petersburg announce a competition for 2-week cultural fellowships in Russia (St. Petersburg) from May 9 until May 22, 2016 for foreign professionals in the field of arts and culture who work on projects related to Russian culture and history and aimed at a broad foreign audience. Airfare (economy class) and accommodation in St. Petersburg will be covered by the organizers.
The Davenport Theatre Black Box at 354 W 45th Street New York, NY November 4th- November 21st
Albert's war buddy, Larry Doyle, now dying, has come for a last visit hoping to content himself that he did one good deed: saving Albert's life. Instead he finds a man who has failed at life, with a disabled child, deceived by his wife and his own beliefs. Albert's attempts to deceive Larry only make the deception more evident, leaving him alone with his own self-delusions.
$15 tickets for WBW members. The code is "WBWmember"
NEW ORCHESTRATIONS Merkin Concert Hall Kaufman Music Centre 129 W 67th Street New York, NY November 9th 8pm
Musical Theatre Factory and The Chelsea Symphony invite you to Get Yourself Some New Orchestrations! This exciting new series pairs emergent musical theatre writers with Broadway orchestrators to commission stunning new orchestrations of their shows. Excerpts from four new musicals (and one reimagined favorite!) will be brought to life by the 35-piece Chelsea Symphony and a cast of Broadway stars in this not-to-be-missed benefit concert for the Musical Theatre Factory.
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GHOST LIGHT: THE HAUNTING TBG Theater 312 W 36th Street New York, NY October 23rd- November 8th, 2015
The year is 2010. Japanese-American actress, Keiko (Kay) Tamiya, descendant of the original Oiwa, gives birth to a baby girl AND wins a Primetime Emmy all on the same day. Her husband and co-star, Bryan Eamon Quinn, also nominated, loses out to his arch rival. Kay and Bryan are riding high as America's favorite couple with an unbreakable contract binding them together --- love, devotion, partners at home and at work ...
In MEMBER CORNER, members of Works by Women can share productions they are working on which feature many women artists, but either have a run of less than 2 weeks or do not meet the 50/50 writer, director, design team Works by Women requires. If you would like your project to be included, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Member Corner and Title of Your Show" by Monday at noon.
OUT OF FOCUS Written and Performed by Geralyn Cassidy United Solo 6th Annual Festival Theatre Row - The Studio Theatre 410 W 42nd Street New York NY
A New York actor works the background and speaks without speaking. This clever, understated comedy takes us on a personalized tour through the world of film and television from the perspective of Happy Ness, an intelligent, slightly neurotic woman who tries to make sense of her role as an extra.
DOUBLE FEATURE OF CHAMBER OPERA FILMS November 4, 2015 at 7:00PM "Villa Diodati" (:73), composed by Mira J. Spektor and "Libertaria: The Virtual Opera" (:55) composed by Sabrina Pena Young
The Aviva Players Opera America 330 Seventh Ave (at 29th Street)
Villa Didati's plot revolves around the fateful events of of 1816, when Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley penned "Frankenstein" while staying at the Villa Diodati on Lake Geneva with her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron. A contemporary American couple on a Swiss train find themselves thrown into the past and into the lakefront villa on the dreary summer day when Mary Shelley is creating her monster.
Livertaria: The Virtual Opera is an electronic opera set to animation by experimental composer Sabrina Pena Young. It depicts a futuristic dystopia in which a teen named Libertaria escapes the GenTech Factory and teams up with her addict father to defeat reverse-aging geneticists with a cyborg army.
Chang(e) HERE 145 Sixth Ave., NY, NY November 4th- November 22nd
Fighting for global social transformation, performance artist and activist Kathy Change (formerly Kathleen Chang) was on a mission to save the world from disaster. As a final act of protest, she self-immolated on the campus of UPenn in October 1996. Chang(e) is a live-staged docudrama that slips between reality and fantasy, plunging viewers inside the mind of Kathy Change. Through a phantasmagorical blend of dance, text (interview and performance transcriptions and Change's own writings), video and original score, Change's prescient defiance comes to life in this real life account of a modern day "Cassandra."
Tangent Theatre Company / AboutFACE Ireland proudly announce the selected plays for their fifth NEWvember New Plays FestivalNew works showcase to hit the stage again, featuring original stories by theatre's emerging writers Tangent Theatre Company and AboutFACE Ireland have made the final selections for their 5th NEWvember New Plays Festival – a showcase of original plays by emerging playwrights to be held at the Carpenter Shop Theater, Tangent's 50-seat performance space in the center of Tivoli. The 2015 NEWvember Festival (Nov. 5-8, 2015) will feature these works over a four-day weekend, presented via rehearsed readings and featuring professional actors and directors bringing these plays to life. The finalists are from all over the country and represent a diverse range of background and storytellinh....