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. These young women’s struggle to push against the patriarchy and confines of traditional society, while the father of Bebop disintegrates into pure sound. 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.