Reading Series - Women & Patriarchy

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Women & Patriarchy Reading Series

An exploration of our season theme through a historical theatre lens.

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The Trojan Women by Euripides

Women & Patriarchy Readings

Directed by Karen Case Cook

The Trojan Women by Euripides in a new version by poet Gwendolyn MacEwen about which Margaret Atwood has written " It's significant that MacEwen would choose to translate The Trojan Women and Helen texts, for after all, they are filled with the plaint of women. The vocabulary of these translations is so much MacEwen's own that they seem almost to have been written by her. These translations are deeply felt."

Read the Interview with Director Karen Case Cook

Sat, Nov 23, 2019 @ 2pm at The Nyack Library, 59 South Broadway, Nyack NY

Mon, Nov 25, 2019 @ 7pm at Downtown Arts, 70 East 4th Street, NYC

Sponsored by Eyevolution Optique, Weld Realty and Elan Flowers

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The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster

Women & Patriarchy Readings

Directed by Diana Green

The widowed Duchess of Malfi defies her two powerful brothers who do not want her to remarry by secretly marrying a man of her choosing, a man below her station, her steward Antonio. When they uncover her deception, the brothers plot a series of events that leads them all to destruction in this dark tapestry of sibling rivalry, forbidden love, unquenchable ambition.

Sat, Jan 4, 2020 @ 2pm at The Nyack Library, 59 South Broadway, Nyack NY

Mon, Jan 6, 2020 @ 7pm at Downtown Arts 70 East 4th Street, NYC

Sponsored by Weld Realty & Eyevolution Optique

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Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

Women & Patriarchy Readings

Directed by Leo Lion

One of literature’s most complex and compelling anti-heroines, the beautiful and intelligent Hedda yearns to escape her marriage to a man she finds numbingly dull. Suffocated by the expectations and limitations of society, she is driven by a desire to have control. First produced in 1891, Ibsen’s masterpiece shocked European society; now, 125 years later, it continues to challenge audiences.

Sat, March 7, 2020 @2pm at The Nyack Library, 59 South Broadway, Nyack NY

Mon, March 9 @7pm at The Paradise Theatre, 64 East 4th Street, NYC

Sponsored by Elan Flowers & Eyevolution Optique

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Dusa, Fish, Stas & Vi by Pam Gems

Women & Patriarchy Readings

DIRECTED BY KAREN CASE COOK

“Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi may be almost 40 years old, but the struggle it depicts continues: women who are exploring sisterhood, transforming their sexual relationships with men, wrestling with what it means to be a mother, and confronting the possibility that a price might be exacted for their independence. If that sounds dry, it's not. There are moments of delirious joy and laughter.” - The Guardian

Sat, June 27, 2020 @ 2pm at The Nyack Library, 59 South Broadway, Nyack NY

Mon, June 29, 2020 @ 7pm at Downtown Arts, 70 East 4th Street, NYC

Sponsored by Elan Flowers & Eyevolution Optique

Many thanks to the generous sponsors of the Women & Patriarchy Reading Series - they are truly Heroes and Friends of the Arts: