Girlfriend: World-Premiere Comedy About 20-Something Pals
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Inspired by the recent trials of Pussy Riot and the categorization of Insane Clown Posse Juggalos as a recognized gang, Chicago Mammals' new show, Asskicking Amazons, tackles the issue of politically driven artist-activists and their fans facing government opposition and risks to their liberty. We've seen it before: the CIA stalking John Lennon, the trial of Jim Morrison and the Federal government seizing Dead Kennedys CDs for featuring the pornographic work of H.R. Giger. Asskicking Amazons jumps 12 years in the future, where the leader of the all-female punk band Asskicking Amazons is labeled a terrorist and forced into hiding after going too far during a pirated performance art broadcast. Learn More
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It was fun. The production felt a little less professional than some because of the space in the arts building, a little uneven acting, and a little overly simple story, but most of the acting was excellent, they managed the difficult space very well, and the story was interesting and improvable. I was amazed at how they could do so many set changes with essentially no back stage. Our younger girlfriend had great energy. Sit in the front row if you can to avoid having to see over or between heads. It is a very intimate space.
About the Ticket Supplier: 20% Theatre Company ChicagoIn 2002, a three-year study by the New York Council on the Arts revealed that only 20% of working professional theatre artists that year were women, only 16% of plays produced were written by women and only 17% of plays were directed by women. Later that year, 20% Theatre Company Chicago was founded by Elizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald and Abigail Boucher. By producing shows written, directed, and designed by women, the artists of 20% have created a home for strong female voices in the field, thus strengthening the presence of women in and around theatre in Chicago.
The baton was passed to current Artistic Director Lindsay Bartlett in 2010, and the largely re-structured Company is as committed as ever to breaking down these barriers. Now in our 9th season, 20% is advancing the presence of women in theatre by expanding our mission to include female-written adaptations of works originally written by men, as well as commissioning new works for fully realized productions. We are working hard to increase our presence in Chicago's theatre community and we are proud to welcome our "Class of 2011" Artistic Associates, who both embody and respect the value of the female perspective in theatre.
Since 2003, 20% Theatre Company Chicago has engaged the talents of more than 350 established and emerging female playwrights, directors, and designers with full-length productions as well as Snapshots, 20%'s short play festival. 20% has also nurtured the development of local female playwrights through its new play development series, The Darkroom