2013 Women at Work Festival: Shorts, Solo Shows From Female POV
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The last date listed for Women at Work Festival was Saturday October 5, 2013 / 4:00pm (The Year I Was Gifted).
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There are times in life that are so challenging, the only thing left to do is laugh. That's what Erica Herd did when her Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. She dug deep to find the humor -- then she wrote a play about it, and set the whole thing to a smoky blues score. The result is Alzheimer's Blues, a play about life and love, told with great affection and humor. Erica's mother, Katherine Lind, was one of the most talented actresses working the New York stage during the '50s, '60s and '70s. But Alzheimer's deprived her not only of her memories but also her home, and Erica had to step in to manage things. Alzheimer's Blues is a surreal look into the lives and minds of Erica and her mom, guaranteed to make you ponder the power of love. Learn More
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All proceeds from the festival will go to The Girl Effect, a global organization that provides funds to girls around the world so that they can raise themselves, their families and villages out of poverty.
September 24 and 25, 2013 at 7:30pm -- Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey written and performed by Elizabeth Liang, directed by Sofie Calderon
Who are you when you're from everywhere and nowhere? A show about growing up as a dual citizen of mixed heritage in Central America, North Africa, the Middle East, and New England. Elizabeth Liang weaves humorous stories about growing up as an Alien Citizen abroad with American commercial jingles providing her soundtrack through first love, language confusion, culture shock, Clark Gable and sandstorms.
September 26 at 8:15pm and October 1 at 7:30pm -- Two Ten-Minute Plays, by Cheryl King, performed by TC Corwin and Cheryl King
“Are you positive? Do you really want to know?” Pit Stop and A Meal to Remember are part of the TEST series at Stage Left – short plays about the new at-home HIV test.
The Loves of Miss Jimmie Le Roy, written by Margaret Morrison, performed by Cheryl King and Margaret Morrison
Sometimes lesbian love means you'd like to strangle your ex, if only you didn’t need her so desperately. A new rewrite of Morrison's short play, a sequel to the erotically-charged lesbian love story, Home In Her Heart. It's 1942 and Jimmie’s ex-lover Margery shows up demanding a favor, ready to reopen old wounds, recall glory days, and remind Jimmie that even bitter old love can be sweet.
September 28 at 1:00pm and October 5 at 4:00pm -- The Year I Was Gifted, written and performed by Monica Bauer directed by Carolyn Ladd
True story of a working-class girl who lies her way into a prestigious boarding school for the arts, and then has to decide if she will betray her beliefs to stay there. A gay-straight love story.
October 4 at 9:00pm and October 5 at 2:00pm -- Drama at the Point, written and performed by Karen Sklaire, directed by Cheryl King
Karen Sklaire humorously tackles the "do-gooder teacher" cinematic genre in"Drama at the Point, where a schoolteacher follows in the footsteps of the notable educators found in films like To Sir With Love and Stand and Deliver to help kids in peril. This teacher travels through the troubled NYC school system -- complete with rubber rooms, baby gangstas and dashed dreams -- in the hopes of connecting with her students. A comedy about making a difference, any way you can.
September 29 at 4:00pm and October 4 at 7:00pm -- Teacher in the House, written by Susan Jeremy and Mary Fulham, performed by Susan Jeremy, directed by Mary Fulham
This fast-paced tale unfolds like a television crime series. Join Susan as she follows her recovery from a life-threatening illness by going back to her job-- teaching students in their homes in NYC. Winner Best of Fest Winniipeg Fringe Festival 2012.
September 29 at 2:00pm and October 3 at 7:30pm -- Alzheimer’s Blues written and performed by Erica Herd, directed by Cheryl King
In this black comedy, Erica, a woman with an already difficult mother, tries to make sense of a senseless disease -- Alzheimer’s. It’s a surreal and slapstick journey on an emotional rollercoaster, a jazz improvisation about life, death and love.
September 30 at 7:30 pm -- The Closet Bitch, written and performed by Shana A. Solomon, directed by Kenneth Williams
The Closet Bitch is a raw, hilarious, true story about a girl from the Bronx battling with the people pleasing principals her hustling father, sophisticated mother and quirky friends raised her to be. An inspirational fight between who we are vs. who we want to become.
October 2 at 7:30pm -- Hi, Hitler written and performed by Lucie Pohl, directed by Marie Weigl
A half-Jewish-half-German-immigrant-girl grows up in a crazy artist family otherwise known as "The Chaos Club" in downtown New York and is fascinated by Hitler. All she wants is to be normal and belong, but the odds are against her. And so is homeland security.