The Women’s Voices Theater Festival currently wrapping up in Washington, D.C., featured over 30 theatrical productions written by some of the country’s pre-eminent women playwrights. We spoke to two of them.
Activist, writer and lawyer Mary Kathryn Nagle once persuaded her professor to let her write a play based on a Supreme Court ruling that tribal nations have sovereignty over what happens on their lands. That project became the seed for Sovereignty.
“For me, my feminism is intrinsically connected to my sexuality. To me, these things go hand in hand.”
“I think women, and all artists, should put their efforts into whatever medium they’re the most drawn to. There’s a huge need for the authentic voices of women and gender non-binary people, and there’s no real telling where opportunity lies.”
Pussy Riot hopes to create a performance that will mobilize their audience into action and protest against authoritative regimes across the world.
“Choice: The Musical” follows the adventures of Ellie—a young, Christian woman who meets a trio of Women’s Health Clinic volunteers and is changed fundamentally.
“Sharing stories saves lives—and it’s low tech, easy access way to build community.”
Three activists want to mobilize the resistance—literally—by converting a 20-foot truck and plastering its three sides with images and videos for a tour of the country blasting the sexism of the Trump administration and building community among feminists.
“I noticed that a lot of men get uncomfortable finding a woman funny. I feel like there’s a weird pressure to stroke the male ego and I try not to do that.”
“Seven” is a unique “documentary play” borne of a collaboration between seven playwrights and seven female activists. These are the activists it spotlights.