CELEBRATE SWAN DAY IN MASSACHUSETTS!
Happy Support Women Artists Now Day to all of my friends in Massachusetts!
I will be in San Francisco for SWAN Day this year, but I just wanted to let you about some great events happening in your area this weekend. I have listed 3 of them below, but there are over 170 SWAN Day events this year, so be sure to check our SWAN Day Calendar to see if there are any others near you.
Thanks to all of you who have been so supportive for so many years. Happy SWAN Day 2011!
Martha Richards, Executive Director
NORTHAMPTON ACADEMY OF MUSIC - Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice
Northampton Academy of Music Theatre is launching its new Women's Initiative on Saturday, March 26 at 8 p.m. with a SWAN Day production of Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice directed by Linda McInerney with original music by Paula Kimper.
The original tale of Orpheus and Eurydice focuses on the great Greek musician Orpheus who was so overcome with grief by his wife's death that he journeyed to the Underworld to get her back. He was able to charm Hades and Persephone with his music, and they told him that he could lead Eurydice out of the Underworld on one condition - he had to walk in front of her and he could not look back until both of them were completely in the upper world. Unfortunately, Orpheus turned around as soon as he was on solid ground, and so Eurydice had to return to the Underworld forever.
Sarah Ruhl, a playwright who won a MacArthur "genius" Fellowship in 2006 at age 32, tells this story from Eurydice's point of view. It is a meditation on loss, but it is also full of warmth, humor, and Ruhl's unique theatrical sensibility.
Location: 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA
Tickets: $20 General; $18 Students and Seniors
Box Office: 413-584-9032 x104
Box Office Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
OUR VOICES PLAYWRIGHT'S FESTIVAL - Weston, MA
Our Voices V is the fifth annual celebration of staged readings of new short works by Boston Area Women Playwrights with a whole day of workshops for playwrights and actors on Saturday, March 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
The event will be held in the Black Box Theatre at Regis College Fine Arts Center in Weston, MA. The organizers are Kelly DuMar, Ann Garvin, and Wendy Lement. This is a free event and no reservations are required. There is more information available on their website: http://www.diarydoor.typepad.com/our_voices
FIVE WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS IN 24 HOUR PLAY FESTIVAL IN TROY, NEW YORK
Playwrights, directors, designers, crew and actors from both the Berkshires and the Capital Region will mount five new short works by five women playwrights in the 24 Hour Capital Region/Berkshires Theatre Project on Saturday, March 26 at 8 p.m. in the Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY.
Kristen van Ginhoven (WAM Theatre), Kat Koppett (MOPCO) and Jill Rafferty-Weinisch (Arts Center of the Capital Region) joined forces to kick off this colossal artistic adventure. WAM Theatre produces theatrical events with a focus on women theatre artists and/or stories of women and girls, and they donate a portion of the proceeds to organizations that benefit women and girls. When Koppett suggested the 24-hour Theater Project to van Ginhoven, she agreed, with one stipulation - that all five playwrights be women.
How it works: On Friday evening, March 25, five playwrights will receive the number of actors they are writing for and a theme and they will then have 12 hours to write a short script. The following morning, Saturday, March 26, directors, actors, stage managers, designers and technical staff will gather and rehearse those new scripts. At 8:00pm on Saturday night, those five new scripts will be shared with the public. The playwrights will be: Linda Bidwell Delaney (Capital Region); Kat Koppett (Capital Region); Nahal Navidar (Capital Region); Jamuna Yvette Sirker (Berkshires); Susan Dworkin (Berkshires).
Location: The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180-3215
Date and Time: Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 8 p.m.
More Information: http://www.wamtheatre.com/events/2011events/24-hour-theatre-project/
Purchase Tickets Online: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/153810
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