Feminist Theatre Watch 2017-18

It’s season announcement season!  Chicago Theatres are rolling out their plans for 2017-18.  But how to find shows that might have a chance at passing the Bechdel Test?  Don’t just give up and re-watch Gilmore Girls (again).  Here’s a list of work by and about women and genderqueer folks that we think you’ll love! Catch…

Episode 16 – Loose Chicks

“I have had a long and interesting life,” says producer Roberta Miles. She chronicles her experiences (“Sex gone wrong stories–I have a lot of those”) in one woman show and in her monologues performed at Loose Chicks, a bi-monthly storytelling performance co-produced by Jillian Erickson. Roberta began writing after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and found herself spending a lot of time in bed. In this episode, Roberta and her collaborator Holly Beaudry discuss what it’s like to hear raw and revealing stories from Chicago women as well as what makes a great monologue.

Episode 15 – Erica Vannon

Director Erica Vannon is drawn to the kind of work that makes you “giggle into a bit of horror.” Or stand up and scream like you’re at a football game. Or cry (a lot (if you’re me)). She produces the impossible, like a devised opera performed in a hotel room or a 3 minute piece with 47 actors.

Episode 14 – Avi Roque

When I saw The Jades’ production of An Alamanc for Farmers and Lovers in Mexico last year, I was totally captivated by the actor who played San Cristobal: Avi Roque.  I did a little research and learned that Avi is just as cool and interesting as they seemed. Avi is gender neutral and uses the pronouns they/them/theirs.  We…

Spiel Chicago Episode 13 – Maren Rosenberg

Maren Rosenberg is a local performer who moved to Chicago after a stint as an artist in residence in the West Bank. Now her company, Escape Artistry, is opening a second location this year featuring five new room escape events. What is a room escape? Listen in to learn about it as well as Maren’s time as an artist in residence overseas.

13 – Maren Rosenberg

Maren Rosenberg is a Chicago local whose talents expand far beyond the realm of theatre. Her company, Escape Artistry is opening a second location this year featuring five new room escape events. What is a room escape? Listen in to learn about it as well as Maren’s female run company and her time as an artist in residence in the West Bank.

Spiel Chicago Episode 12 – Not In Our House

In June of 2015, actress Lori Myers heard–for the fourth time in two months–a story from yet another colleague about extreme abuses of power in the Chicago theatre community.  Frustrated, she posted a now infamous Facebook post asking, “If your friend, sister, daughter, or coworker was working under a sexual predator—what would you do about it?”…