It was my day off, so I was planning on doing some laundry, research some classes, nothing special…but then I got The Call. Aphra Behn of the infamous feminist performance group, the Guerrilla Girls, needed someone to go on last minute in We Are Theatre, a night of new play readings by female authors, and could I make a 2pm rehearsal?
I have always been a fan of the Guerrilla Girls – their powerful attack on inequality in media representation and their unforgiving feminism. Now I had the chance to appear in a performance dedicated to calling out the lack of female playwrights in theatre? I absolutely could not, would not refuse.
We Are Theatre was a huge success. The night included new work from 24 playwrights such as Theresa Rebeck, Kate Bornstein and Shay Youngblood, and the Cherry Lane Theatre was packed with a supportive, intelligent audience.
The piece I read was “I am Estonia” by Jyl Lynn Felman – even though I was given the script just a few hours before the performance, I was absolutely moved by Felman’s writing and narrator, the lost voice of Estonia. Here’s a photo of me throwing metaphorical tennis balls: perhaps not the most flattering image of me, but I love it because I am so grateful to have participated!!
Footage of the event is available here. Another highlight of the evening was appearing alongside the talented Bianca Leigh, an actress I met as an intern with Theatre Askew. I hadn’t seen her since I was her stage manager/ lighting op for “A Night At The Tombs” at the Bowery Poetry Club in 2009!
After tonight, I feel like Cinderella. What started as a lazy day off ended with a powerful political statement and a dream come true.
For more information on the Guerrilla Girls On Tour and We Are Theatre, check out their page here.