Push, Pull and Puncture the Patriarchy!
A 4-show mini-series celebrating women and their contribution to family and culture.
a doll's house part 2
written by Lucas Hnath, directed by Michael Garrett Herring
When Nora freed herself from patriarchal oppression by walking out the front door, she never dreamed that one day, she would be forced to return and solicit help from the very same family she abandoned 15 years ago. Lucas Hnath’s funny and provocative play picks up where Ibsen’s 19th Century, groundbreaking classic leaves off. The stakes are high for all everyone involved as they struggle with issues of trust, betrayal, and unrequited love.
The recipient of eight 2017 Tony Award nominations, A Doll’s House Part 2 is a contemporary classic that challenges conventional ideas and confronts existing gender roles.
Eddie & Dave
written by Amy Staats, directe by Penny Napoli
Forget about Trump’s Impeachment! Forget about the Democratic Primary, Forget about the 2020 Election! Eddie & Dave tackles the real questions at the forefront in the minds of Americans; “What did happen to Van Halen after the 1996 MTV Music Awards?” Reminiscent of the 1984 cult classic, Spinal Tap; Amy Staats pays homage to Van Halen and 1980’s Glam Rock in her cross-casting and gender-bending satire. Ultimately, examining the tenants of “artistic genius” and the people that must push or pull one another to evoke it, the play examines the journey between the people we want versus people we need in order to create something greater than ourselves. Told from the perspective of an unemployed former MTV-VJ, if you ever wore neon, cuffed your jeans, or had big hair then you’ll love this laugh-out-loud comedy.
Unfinished women cry in a no man's land while a bird dies in a gilded cage.
written by Aisha Rahman, directed by Michael Garrett Herring
The year, 1955. Set in “The Hide-A-Wee Home for Unwed Mothers” and “Pasha’s Boudoir”, Unfinished Women Cry In A No Man’s Land While A Bird Dies In A Gilded Cage is a stylized representation of two plays happening simultaneously, pregnant teens wrestling with issues of men and motherhood and the death of Charlie Parker. During these young women’s journey to push against confines of traditional society, both plays are tied together by Parker’s music and his unique and unconventional style of improvisation and jazz.
these shinning lives
written by Melanie Marnich, directed by Nancy Shelton Williams
Based on the non-fiction New York Times bestselling book, The Radium Girls by Kate Moore, These Shining Lives tells the true and courageous story of the women employed by the Radium Dial Company in Ottawa, Illinois, and their fight for self-worth, health and survival. Considered expendable in their day (1920’s – 1930’s), these brave, unselfish women share their story of strength and determination in their fight to hold those in power accountable, even as they experience the inevitability of their stolen lives. Through their inspirational journey, we learn that in prevailing to seek justice for themselves and their families, the result of their actions forever changed U.S. Labor laws that continue to positively impact us to this day.