Gender Politics

Writing about and video of theatre pieces that deal with gender, as well as gender issues in the field as a whole.

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Livestreaming a staged reading of “Ravayana”
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Livestreaming a staged reading of “Ravayana”

A queer, feminist, modern reinterpretation of the Hindu epic of Ram and Sita presented by Fresh Lime Soda Productions

Saturday 18 July 2020
United States
A Performance of Snapshots 2.0 by Convergence Theatre  
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A Performance of Snapshots 2.0 by Convergence Theatre
 

New Virtual Theatre about Islam, Sexuality, and Cultural Appropriation

 

Saturday 13 June 2020
United States
Feminism + Theatre with Marissa Wolf, Hana Sharif, and Ari Afsar!
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Feminism + Theatre with Marissa Wolf, Hana Sharif, and Ari Afsar!

with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Tuesday 28 April 2020
United States
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From the World Theatre Map
What IS a Feminist Play Anyway?
Essay

What IS a Feminist Play Anyway?

What Is vs. What Should Be

5 December 2016

Catherine Castellani continues her exploration of what it means for a play to be considered “feminist.”

Design Meeting
Essay

Design Meeting

My Old Man (and Other Stories)

26 November 2016

Jess Barbagallo and Chris Giarmo discuss design questions for Jess’s play My Old Man (and Other Stories) and the recently increased interest in trans artists.

A Call for Equal Support in Theatrical Design
Essay

A Call for Equal Support in Theatrical Design

23 November 2016

Chicago-based costume designer, textile designer, and wardrobe stylist Elsa Hiltner considers the division of labor and allocation of technical support within theatrical design.

Party Planning
Essay

Party Planning

The Jubilee Answers Questions, Gives Advice, and Asks for Help

14 November 2016

One year into organizing, the Committee of the Jubilee reports out on progress, answers common questions, and re-extends an invitation to the American Theatre to join the year-long nationwide festival of 2020.

Yes, All Men (Need to Listen)
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Yes, All Men (Need to Listen)

Making Room for Womanhood in the American Theatre

13 November 2016

Rachel Bykowski looks at Dana Lynn Formby’s American Beauty Shop and Kristiana Rae Colón’s good friday and asks: is it possible for women playwrights to tell truthful stories of the female experience and male oppression when men hold the majority of leadership positions in the American theatre?

An interview with Melinda Lopez on the State of Female Characters in Drama
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An interview with Melinda Lopez on the State of Female Characters in Drama

9 November 2016

Allison Raynor talks with playwright Melinda Lopez about women on stage: who she writes, how she writes them, and who she’d like to see.

“Put out the light, and then put out the light”
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“Put out the light, and then put out the light”

Emma Rice’s Sudden Departure from Shakespeare’s Globe

3 November 2016

Artistic Director Gideon Lester discusses Emma Rice leaving Shakespeare’s Globe, and ruminates on the tension between artistic and administrative priorities.

Sexism and Spunk Duel Masterfully on Stage at DC’s Keegan Theatre
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Sexism and Spunk Duel Masterfully on Stage at DC’s Keegan Theatre

3 November 2016

Patricia Davis on Keegan Theatre’s production of What We’re Up Against by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Susan Marie Rhea.

A Call to Art
Essay

A Call to Art

Why We Need Independent Women’s Theatre

26 October 2016

Deborah Randall, founder of Venus Theatre, writes about the need for theatrical spaces that support women's voices.

Receiving and Defending
Essay

Receiving and Defending

I Know What I Want and I Know What I Don’t Want

20 October 2016

In this installment, Irene Loy discusses how characters receive desire versus defend themselves against unwanted desire, delving into the difference of consent and dissent.

Submitting Like A Man
Essay

Submitting Like A Man

The Plot Thickens

18 October 2016

Two more of “Max’s” plays receive different responses than Mya’s did, leading her to affirm her belief that bias is at work in the submission process.

Questioning How We Tell Mainstream History with Men On Boats
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Questioning How We Tell Mainstream History with Men On Boats

8 October 2016

Summer Banks talks with Jaclyn Backhaus about bringing the story of Men On Boats to life on stage without any men.

I Know You Are, But What Am I? Finding and Losing Ourselves in Stories
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I Know You Are, But What Am I? Finding and Losing Ourselves in Stories

8 October 2016

Allison Raynor talks with other early-career theatre artists about how the narratives they grew up loving influenced their sense of self.

Shakespeare & Company’s second production of The Merchant of Venice
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Shakespeare & Company’s second production of The Merchant of Venice

1 October 2016

Josh Platt on The Merchant of Venice directed by Tina Packer in Lenox, Massachusetts. 

Hierarchies of Power
Essay

Hierarchies of Power

Cisgender Playwrights and Trans Characters

28 September 2016

In this #IdentityWeek blog, playwright Basil Kreimendahl discusses the representation of trans characters on stage.

An Opposite is Made Visible by Another /الرجاء النزول لقراءة المقال باللغة العربية
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An Opposite is Made Visible by Another /

الرجاء النزول لقراءة المقال باللغة العربية

20 September 2016

A prominent theatre figure in Lebanon and the Arab region, Hanane Hajj Ali reflects in this piece on the personal and professional encounters that have made her the free woman she is today.

Submitting Like A Man
Essay

Submitting Like A Man

I Ain’t Afraid of No Female Protagonists

17 September 2016

Mya Kagan writes about two experiences that drove home for her the importance of narratives with female protagonists.

Kilroys in the Classroom
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Kilroys in the Classroom

Activism, Databases, and the Life of the Artist

17 September 2016

Students at Ramapo College interview eight of the playwrights on the 2015 Kilroys list for a Contemporary Women Playwrights course.

Cover for Feminist Theatre and History.
Feminist Theatre
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Feminist Theatre

What Does it Do and How Does it Do it?

14 September 2016

Holly Derr contemplates how a director can foster a feminist production.

Roe and the American Revolutions Cycle at OSF
Essay

Roe and the American Revolutions Cycle at OSF

Dramatic, Present, and Human

10 September 2016

In this cultural moment of divisiveness, how is one of the true stories of abortion theatricalized? Holly Derr considers Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s co-production of Roe by Lisa Loomer. 

Notes from the Skybridge Production of Romeo and Juliet
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Notes from the Skybridge Production of Romeo and Juliet

9 September 2016

In this installment, Briandaniel Oglesby shares updates leading up to the performance of his students’ queer adaptation of Romeo & Juliet.

On Directing Andrea Dworkin's Aftermath
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On Directing Andrea Dworkin's Aftermath

4 September 2016

Tracey Houston and Rob Langford, founders of Montréal company Waterworks, describe their experience working on the play Aftermath by Andrea Dworkin. Immediately following is a reflection by Helena Levitt who performed in Aftermath.

Missing Voices and Misogyny in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s All-Male Shrew
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Missing Voices and Misogyny in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s All-Male Shrew

29 August 2016

Maegan Clearwood on the all-male production of Taming of the Shrew, directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC.

Changing the Script for Women Directors
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Changing the Script for Women Directors

Diane Paulus and Liesl Tommy

24 August 2016

Carey Purcell talks to Diane Paulus and Liesl Tommy about all women creative teams.

The Women’s Leadership Conference at American Conservatory Theater and The Wellesley Centers for Women
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The Women’s Leadership Conference at American Conservatory Theater and The Wellesley Centers for Women

Monday 22 August 2016
San Fransisco, CA, United States

American Conservatory Theater and The Wellesley Centers for Women presented the opening session of the Women’s Leadership Conference livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from San Francisco on Monday 22 August at 10 a.m.-12 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 12 p.m.-2 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 1 p.m.-3 p.m. EDT (New York) / 17:00-19:00 GMT / 6 p.m.-8 p.m. BST (London). Follow @ACTSanFrancisco@HowlRoundTV and share your thoughts using #ACTWLC and #howlround.