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LIPSTICK THEATRe2018-2019 Season

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LIPSTICK THEATRe2018-2019 Season

 

2018-2019 Season Statement:

"It is not enough to move women away from danger and oppression; it is necessary to move toward something: toward pleasure, agency, self-definition. Feminism must increase women's pleasure and joy, not just decrease our misery."
- Carole Vance, Pleasure and Danger

As an artist, feminist, and person, what do you want to move towards?

 
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Fall Shanley


FALL SHANLEY

Earthquake Chica

by Anne García-Romero

“Sabía que su inmediata obligación era el sueño” - she knew her immediate obligation was to dream. These words of Spanish poet Jorge Luis Borges resonate with Esmeralda, a secretary in a law office who has always dreamt of travel and adventure. When she, an outwardly confident and independent woman, meets Sam, a shy accountant and literary lover, they find themselves in an unlikely friendship where they both discover they still have a lot to learn. Behind the beauty of heightened poetic language, we witness a pair of real people in a complex, messy, and often comedic relationship try to navigate what it means to have someone truly love and support you for the first time.

Through the voices of strong Latinx characters, this play takes us on a deeply layered journey that discusses mental illness, intimacy, belief, culture, belonging, agency, and societal expectations for women (and men). The course of this flawed, but beautiful relationship allows us to assess our own; encouraging us to wonder why people come in to our lives, as well as when it is time to let them go. As Sam and Esmeralda realize, it is not weak to accept help for our personal growth, choosing to surround ourselves with those who (whether for a few days or a few years) will acknowledge the parts of ourselves that might be seen as negative or destructive - especially as women - to find and celebrate the positive parts of that. With Sam by her side, Esmeralda faces the insecurities of her past to propel her into her future- one in which she is able to pursue her dreams without him there.

- Farrah Sklar, Director

Produced by Lucia Boyd

Directed by Farrah Sklar

Fall Shanley


FALL SHANLEY

Earthquake Chica

by Anne García-Romero

“Sabía que su inmediata obligación era el sueño” - she knew her immediate obligation was to dream. These words of Spanish poet Jorge Luis Borges resonate with Esmeralda, a secretary in a law office who has always dreamt of travel and adventure. When she, an outwardly confident and independent woman, meets Sam, a shy accountant and literary lover, they find themselves in an unlikely friendship where they both discover they still have a lot to learn. Behind the beauty of heightened poetic language, we witness a pair of real people in a complex, messy, and often comedic relationship try to navigate what it means to have someone truly love and support you for the first time.

Through the voices of strong Latinx characters, this play takes us on a deeply layered journey that discusses mental illness, intimacy, belief, culture, belonging, agency, and societal expectations for women (and men). The course of this flawed, but beautiful relationship allows us to assess our own; encouraging us to wonder why people come in to our lives, as well as when it is time to let them go. As Sam and Esmeralda realize, it is not weak to accept help for our personal growth, choosing to surround ourselves with those who (whether for a few days or a few years) will acknowledge the parts of ourselves that might be seen as negative or destructive - especially as women - to find and celebrate the positive parts of that. With Sam by her side, Esmeralda faces the insecurities of her past to propel her into her future- one in which she is able to pursue her dreams without him there.

- Farrah Sklar, Director

Produced by Lucia Boyd

Directed by Farrah Sklar

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Winter Shanley


WINTER SHANLEY

Venus In Fur

By David Ives

‘Don’t fuck with a goddess.’

“This is the final warning to Thomas Novachek, playwright-director of an adaptation of Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch’s 1870 novel Venus in Furs. Thomas has been searching for the perfect actress to play Vanda von Dunayev, an antiquated model of a dominatrix. Enter Vanda Jordan - very late for her audition - whose charm and steely persistence gets her a shot at the role. When the audition begins, the traditional roles of director and actor fall away as Thomas reads opposite Vanda and they discuss themes, improvise, and even switch characters. Vanda has no problem calling attention to sexist moments in his play, and Thomas eventually finds himself losing control of the script and the audition altogether.

As the plot thickens in the play, so does the undeniable sense of mystery in the studio, until actress character and goddess all seem to become one within Vanda. Reality and play blur together as this story of insatiable, mismatched lovers reaches a dangerously intense climax. Challenging, topical, and sexy, Venus in Fur is a 90-minute two-hander that sheds light on power dynamics in the theatre and in the bedroom.”

- Jess Levin, Director

Produced by Rachel Khutorsky

Directed by Jess Levin

Winter Shanley


WINTER SHANLEY

Venus In Fur

By David Ives

‘Don’t fuck with a goddess.’

“This is the final warning to Thomas Novachek, playwright-director of an adaptation of Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch’s 1870 novel Venus in Furs. Thomas has been searching for the perfect actress to play Vanda von Dunayev, an antiquated model of a dominatrix. Enter Vanda Jordan - very late for her audition - whose charm and steely persistence gets her a shot at the role. When the audition begins, the traditional roles of director and actor fall away as Thomas reads opposite Vanda and they discuss themes, improvise, and even switch characters. Vanda has no problem calling attention to sexist moments in his play, and Thomas eventually finds himself losing control of the script and the audition altogether.

As the plot thickens in the play, so does the undeniable sense of mystery in the studio, until actress character and goddess all seem to become one within Vanda. Reality and play blur together as this story of insatiable, mismatched lovers reaches a dangerously intense climax. Challenging, topical, and sexy, Venus in Fur is a 90-minute two-hander that sheds light on power dynamics in the theatre and in the bedroom.”

- Jess Levin, Director

Produced by Rachel Khutorsky

Directed by Jess Levin

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Spring Burlesque


SPRING BURLESQUE

Burlesque is a feminist, sexy theatrical experience focused on empowering not only the participants, but the audience, as well. With a sassy and intelligent message of body confidence, Burlesque is one of the most popular and diverse casts (and audiences!) on campus. We create a safe space for all students regardless of gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, ethnicity, religion or race at NU.

Produced by Samuel Maude

Directors: Sean Finnegan, Adam Davies, and Alex Fecteau

Spring Burlesque


SPRING BURLESQUE

Burlesque is a feminist, sexy theatrical experience focused on empowering not only the participants, but the audience, as well. With a sassy and intelligent message of body confidence, Burlesque is one of the most popular and diverse casts (and audiences!) on campus. We create a safe space for all students regardless of gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, ethnicity, religion or race at NU.

Produced by Samuel Maude

Directors: Sean Finnegan, Adam Davies, and Alex Fecteau