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Beauty and the beast

Author: Lois Weaver; Peggy Shaw; Deb Margolin; Split Britches.
Publisher: [New York? : Split Britches, 200-?]
Series: Split Britches dvd library, v. 2; Split Britches dvd library, 2
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Since 1981, the Split Britches Company (founded by Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw, and Deb Margolin) has written and performed in trio, duet, and solo, as well as collaborated and performed with other artists. They describe their work in this way: 'Our work is rooted in popular culture, but positioned against it. It relies on moments rather than plot, relationships rather than story. It depends on the surprise of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Performances (entertainment events)
Performance art
Theater (discipline)
Parody
Parodies, imitations, etc
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Lois Weaver; Peggy Shaw; Deb Margolin; Split Britches.
OCLC Number: 262425635
Notes: Originally produced at University of the Streets, New York, 1982.
Credits: Split Britches, producer; Lois Weaver, director, writer; Peggy Shaw, Deb Margolin, writers; Robin Epstein, set; Sara Yager, video.
Cast: Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw, Deb Margolin.
Event notes: Performed at WOW Café Theatre, New York City, on May 30, 1986.
Description: 1 videodisc (77 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD.
Series Title: Split Britches dvd library, v. 2; Split Britches dvd library, 2

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Since 1981, the Split Britches Company (founded by Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw, and Deb Margolin) has written and performed in trio, duet, and solo, as well as collaborated and performed with other artists. They describe their work in this way: 'Our work is rooted in popular culture, but positioned against it. It relies on moments rather than plot, relationships rather than story. It depends on the surprise of transformation rather than the logic of psychological narrative. It straddles the line between performance and theater, exploiting theatricality while exposing the pretense. It is about a community of outsiders, queers, eccentrics. It is feminist because it encourages the imaginative potential in everyone and lesbian because it takes the presence of lesbian on stage as a given.' Their vaudevillian satirical gender-bending performances have received numerous awards, including a Jane Chamber award and four Village Voice OBIE awards. This video documents their show Beauty and the Beast. Based on the classic fairy tale, influenced by the long rule of republican politics and informed by the Christian agenda that dominates the US scene up till the present, it is the personal journey of a Salvation Army woman who plays the good and beautiful daughter but secretly wants to be bad, a Rabbi in pink toe shoes who is relegated to the role of the father and longs to be a stand-up comic, and an 86 year old lesbian vaudeville freak who embraces the role of the Beast and comments on politics by forgetting which play she is in.

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