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San Francisco Playhouse Announces Playwrights Selected for Year Three of 5-Year Commission Program https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/san-francisco-playhouse-announces-playwrights-selected-for-year-three-of-5-year-commission-program/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=san-francisco-playhouse-announces-playwrights-selected-for-year-three-of-5-year-commission-program https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/san-francisco-playhouse-announces-playwrights-selected-for-year-three-of-5-year-commission-program/#respond Wed, 19 Aug 2020 18:53:07 +0000 https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/?p=21764 SAN FRANCISCO (August 2020) — San Francisco Playhouse (Artistic Director Bill English; Producing Director Susi Damilano) continued its commitment to developing new plays and nurturing the voices of active writers with the selection of the playwrights who will comprise the third year of the company’s five-year commission program. The recipients of these commissions are Julia ...

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SAN FRANCISCO (August 2020) — San Francisco Playhouse (Artistic Director Bill English; Producing Director Susi Damilano) continued its commitment to developing new plays and nurturing the voices of active writers with the selection of the playwrights who will comprise the third year of the company’s five-year commission program.

The recipients of these commissions are Julia Brothers (first commission), Brian Copeland (Not a Genuine Black Man), Ruben Grijalva (Value Over Replacement), and Tori Keenan-Zelt (Truth/Dare).

“We are thrilled to announce the playwrights selected for the third year of our ambitious five-year, 20-play program,” said Bill English, Artistic Director. “Despite the pandemic that has wreaked havoc on the last half of our ‘19/20 Season, our New Works Program will continue unabated. In this unfathomable and frightening time, we desperately need the prophecy that these talented voices will bring to give us perspective as we find our way through the darkness. These four playwrights exemplify the diversity and breadth of life experiences that our community and our nation need to hear.”

This coming season, San Francisco Playhouse will continue to develop the plays announced in the first two years of the commission program with readings, workshops and virtual productions.

The 5-Year Commission Program, which is a part of the Playhouse’s acclaimed New Works Program, was established in 2018 dedicated to the creation of 20 new plays over the next five years. The goal of the program is to provide more structure and long-range planning to the company’s already robust but informal commission program which has produced such plays as Seared by Theresa Rebeck, Bauer by Lauren Gunderson, Pluto by Steve Yockey, and You Mean To Do Me Harm by Christopher Chen. Playwrights engaged in the first two years of the program included Theresa Rebeck (Seared), Aaron Loeb (Ideation), Chelsea Marcantel (A White Girls Guide to International Terrorism), Christian Durso (a first commission), Julie Hébert (Tree), Melissa Ross (An Entomologist’s Love Story), and Octavio Solis (Mother Road).

The New Works Program at San Francisco Playhouse includes monthly play readings, the 3-play Sandbox Series of world premieres, and the 5-year Commission Program. The Playhouse’s commitment to new works has been honored by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Edgerton Foundation, The Biller Foundation, The Zellerbach Foundation, The Hewlet and Gerbode Foundations and the American Theatre Wing. The program has achieved significant critical and commercial milestones: two Will Glickman Awards in the past four years; the Sandbox Series smash hit Ideation, which recently completed a successful Off-Broadway engagement in New York City; and George Brant’s Grounded, which went on to international acclaim after its Sandbox premiere.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHTS

Julia Brothers most recently performed in Dance Nation at San Francisco Playhouse, after performing here as Robyn in The Roommate and Sue in Abigail’s Party. Recent credits: God in the Kilbane’s rock opera, Weightless, directed by Becca Wolff, at The Public Theatre’s Under The Radar Festival, ACT’s The Strand Theatre and Z Space; Arthur Miller in Jeremy Tiang’s Salesman in the Rough Cut Festival at LPAC; and Frances in The Breath of Life at Portland Center Stage. Broadway: Relatively Speaking – George Is Dead by Elaine May (directed by John Turturro). Off-Broadway: Clever Little Lies by Joe DiPietro at Westside Arts. Regional: Walter Anderson’s The Trial Of Donna Caine at George Street Playhouse. Women In Jeopardy at GEVA, Be Aggressive, Ambition Facing West, Other Desert Cities at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley; and Seagull (as adapted by Libby Appel), Magic Forest Farm and Fortune at Marin Theatre Company, among others. Julia is a company member of The B Street Theatre and SF Playground; and an Artistic Associate at Merrimack Repertory Theatre and Arizona Theatre Company. A Recipient of several regional theatre awards, Julia was also named MVP for Theatre by the SF Chronicle.

Brian Copeland is an award-winning actor, comedian, author, playwright, television and radio talk show host based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He began his career in standup at the tender age of 18 performing in comedy venues in San Francisco. Soon he was traveling the country opening for such legendary performers as Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Ray Charles, The Temptations, Natalie Cole, Julio Iglesias, Ringo Starr and Gladys Knight. Copeland performed his brand of biting, cutting edge social commentary in venues including the Universal Amphitheater and Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

In 2004, Copeland debuted his first one-man play, Not a Genuine Black Man at the Marsh in San Francisco. The play explored his childhood experiences as a member of one of the only African American families living in the then 94% white suburb of San Leandro, California. His tale of laughter, tears, and sociology went on to become the longest-running solo show in San Francisco theatrical history with over 800 performances. The show has been performed in over 30 cities, including a critically acclaimed run Off-Broadway. The play is currently in television series development. In 2006, Copeland published a best-selling book based on Genuine that is now required reading in several high schools and colleges across the country. The book was the 2009 pick for Silicon Valley Reads, a library-based program in which all of Santa Clara County reads the same book simultaneously.

To date, he has written and performed three subsequent critically acclaimed solo plays including The Waiting Period (2015 Theater Bay Area Award for Outstanding Production of a Solo Play), the hit Christmas show The Jewelry Box and The Scion (PBS affiliate KQED’s Best New Play of 2014). His new play, Grandma & Me: An Ode to Single Parents, debuted in 2019.

In addition to his stage work, Copeland is a fixture in Bay Area broadcasting, where he has hosted programs on just about every television station, including KTVU (a five-year stint as cohost of Mornings on 2), ABC7 (host of the Emmy award-winning 7Live) and KNTV (the hit 2015 late night special Now Brian Copeland). He has also performed on MTV, A&E, NBC, VH1 and Comedy Central.

Ruben Grijalva is an award-winning San Francisco-based playwright and filmmaker. His short plays include Full Steam Ahead and the PianoFight ShortLived winning All The Worlds Are Stages. His full-length plays include ForesightAnna Considers Mars, and the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award-winning Value Over Replacement. He lives in San Francisco’s Sunset District with a human named Keli and a Labrador named Retha.

Tori Keenan-Zelt writes curiosity-chasing plays that sniff out in-between spaces in big theatre to change the world. Many of them decide to be comedies.

Originally and proudly from Pittsburgh, she lives in NYC and grows plays around the country. Recent works include How the Baby Died (Bay Area Playwrights Fest, Ingram New Works), Seph (Araca Project, Princess Grace Finalist, Fresh Ground Pepper), Air Space (Kilroys Top 5, Ingram New Works), Truth/Dare (Project Y, Best Ensemble Pittsburgh Fringe, Nashville Top 10), How to Be a Widow (Ellie Award), Egypt Play (InterAct Finalist, Playwrights Center Mentorship), Episode #121: Catfight! (Yale Cabaret), and others.

Having written for Colonial Williamsburg’s Emmy Award-winning PBS education series, Tori has been named an Emmy Nominee, Kilroys Lister, Jerome Finalist, 3-Time Princess Grace Finalist, 2-Time O’Neill Semifinalist, Playwrights of New York Nominee, and some other things. She is affiliated with The Lark, The Playwrights Center, New Georges, Ensemble Studio Theatre Playwrights Unit, Fresh Ground Pepper, & the Dramatists Guild. Currently, she’s a member of Project Y Playwrights Group. Some of her short plays are published by Next Stage Press. AB, Harvard. MFA, NYU Tisch Asia (Singapore).

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Standing in Solidarity https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/standing-in-solidarity/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=standing-in-solidarity https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/standing-in-solidarity/#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2020 23:58:59 +0000 https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/?p=21446 A Message to the San Francisco Playhouse community: We at the Empathy Gym stand in solidarity and love with the black community. We dedicate ourselves to give a voice to the racial injustice in this country. Arts and culture are among the powerful ways that existing racial and ethnic representations, messages and stories are created and shared. While the doors to ...

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A Message to the San Francisco Playhouse community:

We at the Empathy Gym stand in solidarity and love with the black community. We dedicate ourselves to give a voice to the racial injustice in this country.

Arts and culture are among the powerful ways that existing racial and ethnic representations, messages and stories are created and shared. While the doors to our theatre need to remain closed, we commit to using our voice and our network to shed light and inspire change on the racial injustice in this country.

We dedicate ourselves to be anti-racist. To stand up for our dear friends who live in fear of being harmed purely because of the color of their skin. We raise our voice to unequivocally say that black lives matter.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
– Martin Luther King

We encourage you to explore these resources, many of which have already been shared by our peers in the arts:

American Civil Liberties Union
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Black Lives Matter
Campaign Zero
Color of Change
I Run With Maud
George Floyd Memorial Fund

In solidarity,
Bill English, Susi Damilano, and everyone at San Francisco Playhouse

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April 23, 2020 at 7:00 P.M A Fireside Chat with Lauren Gunderson https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/fireside-chats-lauren-gunderson/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fireside-chats-lauren-gunderson https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/fireside-chats-lauren-gunderson/#respond Fri, 17 Apr 2020 19:36:19 +0000 https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/?p=21247 A Fireside Chat with Lauren Gunderson

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A Fireside Chat with Lauren Gunderson

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Fireside Chat | Aaron Loeb https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/fireside-chat-aaron-loeb/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fireside-chat-aaron-loeb https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/fireside-chat-aaron-loeb/#respond Fri, 17 Apr 2020 19:35:24 +0000 https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/?p=21244 A Fireside Chat with Aaron Loeb

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Empathy Gym Fireside Chats https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/empathy-gym-fireside-chats/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=empathy-gym-fireside-chats https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/empathy-gym-fireside-chats/#respond Fri, 17 Apr 2020 01:00:44 +0000 https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/?p=21237 San Francisco Playhouse announced their new Empathy Gym Fireside Chat series which will be streamed live for free on YouTube. Each week, Artistic Director Bill English invites playwrights to join him for a one-hour conversation about playwriting, business, and the future of theatre. Audience members can participate in the conversation by leaving a comment on ...

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San Francisco Playhouse announced their new Empathy Gym Fireside Chat series which will be streamed live for free on YouTube. Each week, Artistic Director Bill English invites playwrights to join him for a one-hour conversation about playwriting, business, and the future of theatre. Audience members can participate in the conversation by leaving a comment on YouTube.

The Empathy Gym Fireside Chat series will begin this Thursday, April 16th at 7:00 P.M. PST. Playwright Aaron Loeb will join Artistic Director Bill English for the series’ first one-hour live discussion. Playwrights Lauren M. Gunderson, Carey Perloff, and Lauren Yee are confirmed to join Bill English as guests for the subsequent fireside chats on the following dates: April 23 (Lauren M. Gunderson), April 30 (Carey Perloff), and May 7 (Lauren Yee). The Empathy Gym Fireside Chats will each take place at 7:00 P.M.

The series can be streamed live at the following links:
Aaron Loeb, April 16 at 7:00 P.M. PST
Lauren M. Gunderson, April 23 at 7:00 P.M. PST
Carey Perloff, April 30 at 7:00 P.M. PST
Lauren Yee, May 7 at 7:00 P.M. PST

“Playwrights are the prophets of our time, blessed with sensitive antennae that are able to gather essential insights from the tumultuous roar of our culture,” said Bill English. “They absorb what is happening around them and channel it into words and stories that help us understand our world. And while we are unable to experience the joy of live theatre, it is the perfect time to introduce these incredible human beings to our theatrical family.”

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Highlights from San Francisco Playhouse’s 2020/21 Season Announcement Party https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/highlights-from-san-francisco-playhouses-2020-21-season-announcement-party/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=highlights-from-san-francisco-playhouses-2020-21-season-announcement-party https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/highlights-from-san-francisco-playhouses-2020-21-season-announcement-party/#respond Thu, 09 Apr 2020 22:54:15 +0000 https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/?p=21150 On Sunday, March 29th, we announced our 2020/21 Season with our first ever live streaming Virtual Season Announcement Party. After months of research and preparation, Artistic Director Bill English, Producing Director Susi Damilano, the Playhouse staff, and a star-studded lineup of artists came together and announced five of the six plays that will comprise our ...

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On Sunday, March 29th, we announced our 2020/21 Season with our first ever live streaming Virtual Season Announcement Party.

After months of research and preparation, Artistic Director Bill English, Producing Director Susi Damilano, the Playhouse staff, and a star-studded lineup of artists came together and announced five of the six plays that will comprise our 2020/21 Mainstage Season.

For an hour, online, it felt as though the Playhouse spirit was truly alive in all our houses. From San Francisco across to New York City, our Empathy Gym was open — and it felt wonderful. Over 200 households tuned in on Youtube to watch the season reveal. In these dark times, our community truly came through, connected by the hope for brighter days ahead.

After Bill English and Susi Damilano kicked off the party, they introduced the first of a dynamite group of special guests and core friends of the Playhouse: Daveed Diggs. Now a renowned Tony-winning Broadway artist and filmmaker, Daveed shared his personal connection to the Playhouse with us: it was the starting ground that launched his acting career. It was refreshing and empowering to hear Daveed Diggs tell the world: “they [the Playhouse] make good shit—help them continue to make good shit”.

Next, the the incendiary Dean Linnard sang a beautiful rendition of “You’ve Got Possibilities” from the 1966 musical It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman. Dean recently graced our stage as Ned Ryerson in our holiday musical Groundhog Day, and is sure to be a longtime favorite on Bay Area stages.

Jomar Tagatac, who has performed in four San Francisco Playhouse productions.

Dean was followed by renowned actor Jomar Tagatac, who reminisced about his first job at the Playhouse ten years ago, 2010’s First Person Shooter. Jomar recently starred in the San Francisco Playhouse productions Tiny Beautiful Things, You Mean to Do Me Harm, and King of the Yees (in an unforgettable turn as the infamous Shrimp Boy, among other roles).

Then Margo Hall uplifted all of us. A sheer creative force, Margo Hall has acted in and directed many productions at the Playhouse. She announced that she will direct the 20/21 Playhouse production of American Son by Christopher Demos-Brown.

Up next in the livestream: the original San Francisco Playhouse couple, Monique Hafen Adams and Jeffrey Brian Adams. They shared a wonderful performance of “Move On” from Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George as well as some happy news: they’re expecting an addition to their beautiful little family.

After Monique and Jeffrey’s performance, the inimitable Carl Lumbly took the stage. Reflecting on past challenges, Carl offered his own, deeply personal words of wisdom and hope during these troubled times, and emphasized the importance of the Playhouse’s work as a Bay Area creative staple.

Julia Brothers has starred in the San Francisco Playhouse productions of “Abigail’s Party,” “The Roommate,” and “Dance Nation.”

The evening’s final guest, Julia Brothers, is a warrior through and through. She shared stories of her own personal struggle with the coronavirus, and uplifted us with her words of courage and passion. For a moment it really felt as though we were all in one room together.

This season announcement was an extraordinary one. And the live chatter on YouTube during the event was so encouraging and positive that we have already received requests to make this a new, reinvented tradition. It was very moving to see the community show up for us during this strange time. We can’t wait to be there for you again, during the brighter days ahead.

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Notes from the Empathy Gym – April 2020 https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/notes-from-the-empathy-gym-april-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=notes-from-the-empathy-gym-april-2020 https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/notes-from-the-empathy-gym-april-2020/#respond Fri, 03 Apr 2020 20:47:00 +0000 https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/?p=21129 Right about now, I’m sure many of us are feeling pretty small, isolated, many of us alone, feeling defeated by a microscopic single cell creature, the tiny arm of omnipotent nature, who as we once again are reminded, can humble us humans with a snap of its finger, with so many catastrophic tools at its ...

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Right about now, I’m sure many of us are feeling pretty small, isolated, many of us alone, feeling defeated by a microscopic single cell creature, the tiny arm of omnipotent nature, who as we once again are reminded, can humble us humans with a snap of its finger, with so many catastrophic tools at its disposal to bring us down and remind us of how fragile we are.

And this particular scourge has the temerity to attack us at our greatest strength. We are social creatures. What has made us who are, we who have come to be the dominant species on this globe (or so we imagine) is our capacity to collaborate. Our language and social skills bring us together in so many ways, to create systems for communication, for justice, for trade, for worship, for entertainment. And we do all these things together. Our sense of belonging is what makes life worthwhile.

It’s ironic that the only way we can fight this virus (I think of it as an enemy) is to separate; the hardest, most painful thing for us to do. It is counter-intuitive for us to be apart. Every instinct we have tells us to band together when we fight. We are strength in numbers. Now we are told to isolate. Even though it is against our nature, we know we must.

I’m reminded of how the Russians defeated Napoleon. Out-manned, out-gunned, and facing the greatest army the world had ever seen, led by the greatest military genius, the Russian army retreated through the breadbasket of Western Russia, and torched the harvest crops that fed their nation. As the bone-chilling winter descended, the French Army was trapped, starved, and frozen. It was completely counter-intuitive. They defeated the enemy by depriving them of food and that’s what we are doing now, depriving the virus of its nourishment – us.

And that is the right course. And the fact that we can do that, that we can tear ourselves away from our families, friends and co-workers; our sports, and yes, our theatre, heart-breaking as that is, demonstrates that even in our separations, we are collaborating at the highest level of our capacity, joining together to not only survive, for the vast majority of us will survive, but to protect the most vulnerable amongst us; the elderly, the weak, those who are compromised physically.

I am so proud to be human in a moment like this, to see our capacity for collaboration thriving at its most potent. It reminds me of what I love most about humanity; that when things are at their worst, we are at our best. And yes, there will be those who will think only of themselves, of profit, of power, and we will have to watch our the worst among us try to muck things up to serve their own interest, but my guess is, we will ignore them and go about the business of safe guarding our grandparents, and parents, our heritage. I started thinking of Shakespeare’s poetic celebration of man and womankind:

What a piece of work is man
How noble in reason,
How infinite in faculty,
In form and moving how
Express and admirable,
In action how like and angel,
In apprehension like a God,
The beauty of the world,
The paragon of animals.

Now I know Hamlet goes on to disparage mankind’s darker, mercenary, evil sides, but I keep hearing the wonderful setting in the musical Hair, and I think, “Yes!, we are all these things.”
And I am also proud to be a part of the Empathy Gym, to which everyone receiving this e-mail belongs. And I know that like myself, all of us who are a part of San Francisco Playhouse are practicing empathy in this challenging time.

We are dark now, but I know that all of the practice we have been doing in our glorious little room together inspires us to practice empathy and compassion while we are banished from our theatre. And I also know that we will be back. We will all return to our playhouse, to play, to laugh, to cry, to grieve, to celebrate the best of humanity, to look our weaknesses directly in the eye and vow to do better. I am so grateful for all of you who believe with me that we are on the right track, that the theatre we have created has served us well and will serve us again.

I would ordinarily not include an ask for donations in a newsletter and I promise not to make a habit of it, but if you are capable, I hope you will consider giving something to help Susi and me and our amazing staff to keep our fragile craft afloat through this unforeseen and unfathomable crisis.

We will defeat this enemy of mankind and learn humility in the process.
We will not let it take away our hope,
We will not give up our stories, our empathy, our compassion.

Love,
Bill English

P.S. Please write me at artisticdirector@sfplayhouse.org to share any thoughts you may have.

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Real Women Have Curves: A Note from the Artistic Director https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/real-women-have-curves-a-note-from-the-artistic-director/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=real-women-have-curves-a-note-from-the-artistic-director https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/real-women-have-curves-a-note-from-the-artistic-director/#respond Tue, 10 Mar 2020 19:26:03 +0000 https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/?p=20895 Thirty years ago, in San Francisco at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Real Women Have Curves by Josefina López was given its world premiere. In 2002, it was adapted into an award-winning film starring America Ferrera, which won the audience award for dramatic film at the Sundance Film Festival. The film was released ...

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Thirty years ago, in San Francisco at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Real Women Have Curves by Josefina López was given its world premiere. In 2002, it was adapted into an award-winning film starring America Ferrera, which won the audience award for dramatic film at the Sundance Film Festival. The film was released worldwide and the play has been given scores of productions across the country. We are thrilled to present the 30th Anniversary production, directed by Diane Rodriguez, former Associate Artistic Director at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles.

The play has lost none of the contemporary relevance it had when it debuted in 1990. It returns to the San Francisco community at a time when immigrants face as much racism and danger as ever. Many immigrants still struggle with the fear of deportation and limited access to employment, which pose a great challenge to really feel as part of the larger community. The skilled women in the garment shop of Real Women Have Curves struggle to make minimum wage making dresses that will sell for hundreds of times what they are paid to make them. They still yearn for more but feel trapped in the sweatshop, doing the only thing they know to make a living.

The play also confronts the evils of “appearance culture” as it dominates and tries to define the self-esteem of these young Latinx women. Taught by local and national media, especially in the stereotype-driven world of Los Angeles, to think of themselves as not measuring up, they struggle against insidious standards of beauty to feel valued in their own skin. Real Women Have Curves was a ground-breaking work of art in this regard, taking on the destructive standards of beauty in our society and challenging the legitimacy of the ubiquitous fashion culture.

Ms. Lopez’s daring and revolutionary play is still relevant in its challenge of the hegemony of patriarchal systems. These women rebel against male dominance in the workforce by striking out on their own, to define both their own value in business and their own definition of beauty. They are pioneers who challenge us still to see through their eyes as they rise up to proclaim their skill and dedication to work, to uphold the value of their bodies and fight for their autonomy to define themselves outside the world of men.

– Artistic Director Bill English

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