Artemisia We Women Podcast – Amplifying women’s voices in our world through performances, discussions and interviews. We Empower Together! Audio performances of exciting feminist plays, empowering discussions with our wonderful creative teams and insightful social justice interviews with community leaders who are passionate about making the world better for women.
Artemisia We Women 2021 Season:
“What About the Children”, by Sharai Bohannon – Jan. 20 (Creative Discussion, Feb 3 – Social Justice Interview, Feb 17); The wife of an ICE officer has had enough. Written for Protest Plays Project’s #TheatreActionImmigration
“Opposing Ophelia”, by Deneen Reynolds-Knott – March 3 (Creative Discussion, March 17 – Social Justice Interview, March 31); Yvette, a former model and student at the Ophelia Devore School of Modeling & Charm, is confronted with new ideas about beauty, Blackness and womanhood, when her daughter, Nina, joins the National Black Feminist Organization in 1973.
“Bold Stroke for a Wife”, by Susanna Centlivre – April 14 (Creative Discussion, April 28 – Social Justice Interview, May 12); A military officer falls madly in love with a young woman and dons four different disguises to convince her powerful and extremely disagreeable guardians to grant him her hand in marriage.
“Rachel”, by Angelina Weld Grimké – May 26 (Creative Discussion, June 9 – Social Justice Interview, June 23); A sensitive and well-educated young Black woman loves children and, when she meets the man of her dreams, is eager to raise a family with him. But her dream of blissful family life is destroyed when she is forced to come to terms with American racism.
“Aftermath”, by Mary P. Burrill – July 7 (Creative Discussion, July 21 – Social Justice Interview, August 4); Set in rural South Carolina, a Black soldier returning from serving his country in World War I discovers that his father has been lynched. Burrill was a Harlem Renaissance gay feminist playwright.
“Medea”, by Euripidies, adapted by Julie Proudfoot, soundscape by Willow James – Aug. 18 (Creative Discussion, Sept. 1 – Social Justice Interview, Sept. 15); The tragedy of Medea, reimagined as a solo character study of Medea’s inner struggles and lust for freedom and power. Medea, a barbarian princess, is betrayed by her husband Jason when he abandons her to marry a Greek princess, gaining wealth and political power. Though he returns and promises to keep her as a mistress, Medea murders her and Jason’s sons and her husband’s new wife before escaping to Athens.
“Close the Book”, by Susan Glaspell – Sept. 29 (Creative Discussion, Oct. 13 – Social Justice Interview, Oct. 27); A comedy about an elite family enjoying their status as the power brokers of a University founded by their ancestors. Their grandson, a professor at the University, creates a controversy when he announces his engagement to a beautiful outspoken liberal with gypsy ancestry.
“Above the Fold”, by Julie Zaffarano – Nov. 10 (Creative Discussion, Nov. 24 – Social Justice Interview, Dec. 8); Set in 1935, Dorothy, a determined female reporter, covers a grand jury investigation into the death of rising musical theater star Evelyn Hoey. As she fights to gain equal footing with her male reporters, Dorothy struggles to convince her former lover and colleague, Carl, and her editor to ditch sensationalism and embrace truth in journalism.
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